Brownfields Initiative Grant

Former Little Lake Industries Mill

The original mill property consists of three parcels (APNs 503‐251‐014, 503‐232‐013, and 503‐232‐004) and was historically referred to as the South “I” Street Mill. The City is applying for an Environmental Protection Agency Cleanup Grant for this site. Any comments or questions can be directed to Jennifer Dart at or #707-825-2112.

  • The Site Investigation Report of Findings was prepared in October 2019 and is based on site investigation activities that were conducted on the two parcels on the east side of South “I” Street, while the Johnson Tract (APN 503‐251‐014) located west of the site across South “I” Street was not included. 
  • A Draft Site Conditions Report and Data Gaps Investigation Work Plan was prepared in June 2018 and summarizes results of previous site investigation activities completed and a work plan to address identified data gaps.
  • A Draft Site Cleanup Plan was prepared in October 2020 and includes a description of current conditions, proposed cleanup goals, a brief evaluation of remedial options, and a work plan for site remediation.

Funds Available for Brownfield Assessmentsepa_seal_medium_trim

The Environmental Protection Agency awarded the City of Arcata a $300,000 grant to perform Brownfield assessments, i.e., testing sites where historical use is known to have caused contamination, or testing sites which are perceived to be contaminated. Assessment is the first step in making plans to remediate the site. The grant can only be used for testing and cleanup plans.  It cannot be used for the actual cleanup of the site.

Brownfields are abandoned, idled, or under-used industrial and commercial facilities or sites where expansion or redevelopment is complicated by real or perceived environmental contamination. Brownfields can be in urban, suburban, or rural areas.  The EPA's Brownfields Initiative is designed to help communities mitigate potential health risks and restore the economic viability of such areas or properties.

Grant Funds are available from October, 2017 through the end of September, 2020. In response to a noticed, competitive Request for Qualifications (RFQ) process, the City received responses from seven firms for Environmental Engineering Services. Ultimately, the City chose SHN Engineers & Geologists as our partner to perform Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments and Remedial Action Planning under the City’s 2017 Community-wide Brownfields Assessment Grant.

A Brownfields Stakeholder Group was formed by interested parties.  This group, comprised of local business owners, private citizens, realtors, and non-profits, holds public meetings to assist the City in developing criteria to rank sites.  

The State of California's GeoTracker is a great resource to find records for sites that require cleanup.  It provides information about the type of cleanup and current status.  Another targeted resource is the Department of Toxic Substances Control site (ENVIROSTOR) for Arcata.

Contact Us

  1. Jennifer Dart, Deputy Director of Community DevelopmentJennifer Dart

    Deputy Director, Community Development 
    Phone: 707-825-2112


    736 F Street
    Arcata, CA 95521

    Office Hours

    Monday - Friday
    9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    (Excluding Holidays)

    Contact the Director

    David Loya, Director of Community DevelopmentDavid Loya

    Director, Community Development

Grants for Site Assessments and Cleanup Plans are Available

In the City of Arcata, Brownfields are often found in the Creamery District, Cannabis Innovation Zones, and old mill sites. If you own or are acquiring a Brownfields property, you may be eligible for a grant program which funds the cost of Phase I and Phase II site assessments, and cleanup plans. The City of Arcata administers the grant funds, which it obtained through the Environmental Protection Agency.

Step OneIs the property contaminated by petroleum or petroleum products?

Is the property contaminated by a controlled substance (such as the residue of a meth lab)?
:::::::::::::::::::::::::::If you answered YES to either question, move on to the next step.
Step TwoDo you plan to improve the property in some way?

Are you in the process of buying or selling the Brownfields property ?
:::::::::::::::::::::::::::If you answered YES to either question, move on to the next step.
Step ThreeIs contamination on the property currently in remediation?

Is the property subject to a response under the Oil Pollution Act, or is there a corrective action order under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act?

Has a viable Responsible Party (RP) for the cleanup been identified?
:::::::::::::::::::::::::::If you answered NO to all questions in Step Three, we invite you to submit an application for grant funding.

Fill out a Site Eligibility Form:   

Examples of Successful Local Projects

Tuluwat (Indian Island) Project

Tuluwat Restoration Project - Then and Now, and Completed Work

Redwood Marine Terminal Berth II