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In 2015, Sweetgrass Development (Sweetgrass) was awarded a $400,000 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Brownfields Assessment Grant to complete environmental assessments and cleanup planning on properties contaminated with petroleum and hazardous substances, including asbestos and lead-based paint. This award allows Sweetgrass to assist landowners (public and private) faced with environmental issues that are preventing redevelopment or sale of their properties. Properties located in Glacier, Cascade, Pondera, Teton and Toole counties, as well as the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, are potentially eligible to participate in the program.


A Brownfield is a property where expansion, redevelopment, or reuse is complicated by the presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. Nearly every community in Montana has Brownfields sites. Left untouched, a Brownfield can pose insurmountable environmental, legal, and public and private investment challenges; and can pose a threat to human health or water sources.


Sweetgrass Development helps landowners remove environmental barriers to redevelopment on Brownfields sites within Glacier, Cascade, Pondera, Teton and Toole counties, as well as the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. Local groups or private investors reluctant to invest in a property out of fear of contamination can utilize assessment funds to determine the nature and extent of the environmental problem. Sweetgrass assists communities and eligible private/public property owners affected by environmental contamination by:

· Completing Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessments

· Estimating site contaminant risks, if any

· Developing conceptual cleanup plans and costs based on the nature and extent of contamination


The benefits of participating in the Brownfields Program are many. Assessments are completed by a contractor hired by Sweetgrass at no cost to the property owner. The information generated can be used to create cleanup plans and apply for cleanup funding, satisfy purchaser or lender concerns, regulatory agency requirements, or simply to determine whether or not environmental contamination exists on a property. Often, the unknown nature of the contamination limits public and private investments. Through assessment, the contamination risk can be quantified and plans can be made to address the problem. Participation in Sweetgrass’ Brownfield program may also make a property eligible for additional state and federal Brownfields funds for further assessment and cleanup.



Sarah Converse
Sweetgrass Development Corporation
Executive Director
521 1st Avenue NW
Great Falls, MT  59404
Phone: 406-727-5173   Fax: 406-454-6903

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The Two Medicine Fight Site located roughly 25 miles south east of Browning is the location of the only violent encounter of the Lewis and Clark Expedition which took place on July 27, 1806. Accounts of the conflict have varied over the years, but one of the main issues was that the Corps of Discovery were making peace with other American Indian tribes and providing them with guns which threatened the traditional Blackfeet domination of the region.