From Brownfield to Breadbasket: Health Impact Assessments Help Communities Make Healthy Decisions

Read the full story from U.S. EPA.

The Former Chesapeake Supply is a vacant and once contaminated property, or brownfield, located in downtown Dover, Delaware. As part of a revitalization effort in the area, local and state officials are contemplating what to do with the property now that it is safe to use again. Because of an interest in increasing food access in and around Dover, they are considering using the site for food production, specifically aquaponics. Aquaponics is a type of farming that grows fish and plants together in an integrated system. EPA staff agreed to help Dover and Delaware officials make decisions about the former brownfield by conducting a rapid Health Impact Assessment (HIA).

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