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ACRES Bulletin
May 2013

Showing Success in ACRES!

ATLANTA BELTLINE

From contamination covered in kudzu . . . . to clean new community spaces

Remediation is a significant component of the Atlanta BeltLine, one of the nation's largest and most wide-ranging urban redevelopment and mobility projects currently underway, Approximately 1,100 acres of brownfields are in the process of being transformed into 22 miles of transit, 33 miles of multi-use paths, and 1,300 acres of parks and greenspace in a loop around the city. Challenges common to former railroad and industrial sites involve widespread and varied levels of contamination, including toxins that were used as herbicides to control vegetation.

After acquiring the property for the 2.25-mile Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail in 2007, an EPA revolving loan fund provided $815,000 for remediation of the site before construction commenced. EPA, Georgia Environmental Protection Division, City of Atlanta, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. and AMEC implemented an innovative solution to removing areas of contamination and otherwise remediating the property in accordance with state requirements. In all, approximately 1,700 tons of contaminated soil was removed. This process is now serving as a model for the rest of the 22-mile corridor.

Atlanta is reaping the benefits. For the BeltLine project, there have been 127 cleanup jobs leveraged and 4,500 redevelopment jobs leveraged. In addition, leveraged funding has exceeded $750,000,000.

Get the full history and up-to-date progress of the Atlanta BeltLine with a three-hour bus tour of the full 22-mile loop during the Brownfields 2013 Conference in Atlanta. You can also see how the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail is revolutionizing development with a walking tour of Ponce City Market abutting the multi-use path.



Atlanta Beltline N Highland Ave Fall 2011
Atlanta Beltline
N Highland Ave
Fall 2011

Atlanta Beltline N Highland Ave March 2013
March 2013

Atlanta Beltline N Highland Ave Future
And in the near future ..

News

Conference (with training opportunities) just around the corner ...

The National Brownfields Conference, co-sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), is the largest training and networking event in the nation focusing on environmental revitalization and economic redevelopment. The conference is designed to bring together stakeholders in government, business, nonprofits, and academia who promote positive change in their community. Now in its 15th year, the event attracts over 5,000 attendees and 200 exhibitors for two and a half days of educational sessions, training workshops, volunteer activities, mobile workshops, film screenings and much more. This is the place to be where all topics related to brownfield cleanup, ranging from community engagement to public health, will take center stage in Atlanta's renowned Georgia World Congress Center on May 15-17, 2013.

In-person ACRES training will be available at the National Brownfields Conference on May 16 and 17. Beginners ACRES training will be held on May 16 at 11:00 am - 12:15 pm and 2:30 - 3:45 pm. Advanced ACRES training will be held on May 16 at 1:00 - 2:15 pm and May 17 at 9:45 - 11:00 am. Also, if you are interested in learning how ACRES interacts with the Brownfields Inventory Tool (BIT), please attend the educational session on May 17 at 1:00 - 2:15 pm.

Please visit http://www.brownfieldsconference.org/en/home for more information on these and other exciting educational training sessions!


Features in ACRES

New Features that affect All Users:

WAM Replaces CDX for ACRES Log In

A new authentication tool, Web Access Management (WAM), was installed April 5th. WAM provides several important benefits to ACRES users:

  • Users now directly access the ACRES Log In page - there is no longer an intermediary CDX log in page
  • Registration of new ACRES users, especially EPA users, will be much faster
  • Response for problem resolution will be faster. There is now only one Help Desk to contact for issues.
  • Accounts for users with multiple accounts have been consolidated into a single account

Quick Reference Guides (QRGs) and Training Videos

Updated! All QRGs and videos have been updated on the ACRES Information Page (http://www2.epa.gov/brownfields/brownfields-grantee-reporting-acresindex.htm) to reflect the new log in information and all changes made to ACRES since October 2011. There are also several new guides/videos including one for work package sharing and another for resetting your password (in case you forget yours or it's time to reset the password (EPA requires this every 90 days)).

Cancelled Grants

The display of a Cooperative Agreement's (CA) status on ACRES pages has been updated and now includes a new icon for CAs that have been cancelled. The "open" icon was also changed to make the status more intuitive. Here are the icons now used to denote CA status:

  Closed: closed   Open: open   Cancelled: cancelled

"Cancelled Grants" has also been added as a filter option on the "Find Property/Cooperative Agreement" tab. The new option can be found in the Cooperative Agreement Status filter section (added to options: Open, Closed and All).

EPA Reviewers Only

Email Preferences

A new email preference option has been added for EPA reviewers to help identify work packages returned to the grantees for clarification and which still remain in this status. The option allows the reviewer to select the number of days for filtering the work packages to be displayed:

checkbox If a work package I returned for clarification has been in the same status for more than ___ days.

CARs Only

My Cooperative Agreements Tab

The listing of CAs is now displayed in order by award date so that the most recent CAs will appear at the top of the list. The order used to be random. This will make it easier to access the records used most frequently.

If you have any suggestions for ways ACRES can make your job more effective, please let us know by contacting the ACRES Help Desk at ACRES_Help@epa.gov or (703) 284-8212.


Events & Training

National Brownfields Conference
May 15-17, 2013 Atlanta, GA
  Registration for the conference and training will remain open until 5:00 pm ET April 24, 2013. After this time, you will need to register on-site as an attendee at the GWCC beginning at 8:00 am on Wednesday, May 15, 2013.

Training Offered:

Getting Started (Beginners):
  For Assessment, RLF, Cleanup, and Section 128(a) Recipients just starting to use ACRES, this training will provide instruction on the process for submitting your property data and demonstrate how to use the tools and functions in ACRES. Approximately 90 minutes.

The Next Level (Advanced):
  For Assessment, RLF, Cleanup, and Section 128(a) Recipients that are familiar with using ACRES, this training will provide instruction on how to make ACRES work for you and your property scenarios, and the answers to some commonly asked questions. Approximately 90 minutes.

In Person (National Brownfields Conference - Atlanta, GA):
 
Beginners ACRES training — May 16 at 11 am - 12:15 pm
and 2:30 - 3:45 pm
Advanced ACRES training — May 16 at 1:00 - 2:15 pm
May 17 at 9:45 - 11:00 am
2013 ACRES Training Dates (2 pm ET) details
 
Getting Started (Beginners) — May 7
July 9
The Next Level (Advanced) — June 11
August 13
 

Redevelopment Outcomes

Progress towards meeting the FY 2013 program goals is impressive already, especially in Jobs Leveraged and Properties w/Assessments Completed. And we're only half way through the year!

Let's keep up the great work!


GPRA GoalAnnual TargetFY13 Value (as of 05/01/13)

Properties w/Assessments Completed1,2001,244
Properties w/Cleanups Completed12092
Dollars Leveraged$1.2B$1.24B
Jobs Leveraged5,0007,307
Acres Ready for Reuse3,0003,335


Frank's Tips

Frank Gardner is a Brownfields Project Officer and the Regional Data Coordinator at EPA Region 1. In this role, he works with recipients to help them report their activities and successes in ACRES.

Frank Gardner

Keeping Your Cooperative Agreements and Projects Organized in ACRES

Sometimes our cooperative agreement recipients (CARs) have questions about how to add new projects and cooperative agreements (CAs) to their ACRES accounts. It is important to make sure that all of your CAs are associated to your account so you are able to keep track of all of your projects. This article will focus on these issues as well as some new system enhancements designed to help you keep track of your CAs more easily.

The first thing I always go over with CARs is to make sure they have all of their CAs associated to their account, even older CAs that may have already been closed out. When you log in to ACRES and click on the "My Cooperative Agreements" tab, you should see all of your CAs listed.

My Cooperative Agreements
In the newest release of ACRES, we have made an enhancement to list your CAs in order by Announcement Year so your newest CAs will always be listed at the top of your page. For recipients who have received numerous CAs over the years, this new sort order should make it easier to find a specific CA. In the next release, you will notice that your CAs are displayed in tabular format with clickable column headers. By clicking on the column headers, you can sort your CAs by CA title or number, award year, state, CA type or funding type. This will make it even easier to find a specific CA.

If one of your CAs is not there, click on the "Associate a Cooperative Agreement" button at the bottom of the

Add a Cooperative Agreement to my list
window and at the prompt, enter your CA number and select your state. Remember that for ACRES, you only type in the 8 numerical digits of your CA number; leave out the two letters at the beginning. ACRES will then ask you to double-check and confirm the association before moving on. Please continue to follow this procedure for all of your CAs awarded since 2003. (Pre-law CAs are handled very differently by ACRES and cannot be associated to your account in this way. If you have data to enter for pre-law CAs, please contact the ACRES Help Desk.)

Once you have ensured that all of your CAs are associated to your account, then I recommend you check out all of your Brownfields properties and projects under the "All My Projects" tab.

All My Projects

When you go to the "All My Projects" view, please note that you can sort all of your projects by property name or ACRES property ID to help you keep organized and find a specific project more easily. To update any of your projects, just click on the "Enter Data" link in the fourth column to access the data entry screen for Property Profile data. If you have projects that are not currently listed here, it is probably time to associate additional properties to your CAs. To do this, access your "My Cooperative Agreements" tab, select the correct CA by clicking on its link, and look for the gray "Add Property to this Cooperative Agreement" button in the Properties Addressed By This Cooperative Agreement section. Remember, when associating property records to CAs, it is very important to first check for an existing property record for your site before creating a new (and potentially duplicate) property record. See the January 2012 ACRES Bulletin for a much more detailed discussion on adding properties to CAs.

We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors,
we borrow it from our Children

~ Chief Seattle ~

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