• The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians has been developing a Tribal Brownfield and Response Program since 2004 with a CERCLA 128(a) Tribal Response Program grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency.
  • The US EPA defines a Brownfield as “real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.”
  • The purpose of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians Tribal Brownfield and Response Program is to establish and enhance a program that will enable the Tribe to monitor and manage Brownfield site assessment, cleanup, and reuse.

The Tribal Response Program has five major objectives as follows:

  1. Survey & inventory of Tribal lands within the exterior boundaries of the 1836 & 1855 reservations.
  2. Monitor the clean-up process and verify that clean-up is complete on Brownfield sites.
  3. Develop enforcement authorities to protect human health & the environment on Brownfield sites.
  4. Encourage public input & participation on the Brownfields process.
  5. Address and re-develop Brownfields to enhance the community’s health, well-being, and long-term quality of life.

Public Record

Another major component of the Tribal Brownfield and Response Program is to maintain and update a record of sites that includes the name and location of sites at which response actions have been completed.  The public record is typically updated bi-annually, and at least annually.  The public record is available at the Brownfield Specialist’s office in the Natural Resources Department.

Public Record

Informational External Links

For more information the following links are provided:

EPA Brownfield Website

East Lake Site Story