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St. Lawrence River sediment can tell a story
The Cornwall Standard-Freeholder (5/24)
In Ontario, the Cornwall Sediment Strategy has been in place for the past 10 years, providing a strategy for dealing with industrial pollution in the St. Lawrence River.

Kaptur seeks to cut off funding for open lake dumping
Sandusky Register (5/16)
U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) says she will attempt to cut off all federal funding for open lake dumping on Lake Erie being carried out by the Army Corps of Engineers.

U.S. Senate passes bill barring Army Corps of Engineers from dumping polluted sediment into Lake Erie
The Plain Dealer (5/12)
The U.S. Senate passed an energy and water appropriations bill that included a provision inserted by Sen. Sherrod Brown that prevents the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from dumping polluted dredged sediment directly into Lake Erie.

No relief in site for small harbors in the Great Lakes
Interlochen Public Radio (5/10)
Recreational harbors in the Great Lakes have had maintenance trouble for at least a decade. Congress has increased funding to maintain federally designated harbors around the country, but the increase hasnít made much of a difference for the recreational harbors.

Cleveland's water supply at risk as toxic blob creeps across Lake Erie, Ohio EPA says
The Plain Dealer (5/2)
A mass of toxic sediment lying on the bottom of Lake Erie about nine miles offshore is raising alarms at the Ohio EPA and the City Water Department as tests show it migrating dangerously close to an intake pipe that supplies the city's drinking water.

Ohio seeks ideas for using dredged materials
The Morning Journal (4/22)
The Ohio EPA will hold a meeting in May to discuss future uses for about 1.5 million tons of sand and dirt scooped out of Ohio ports each year.

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General Resources
Coastal Engineering Advisory Services Program
University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute
The programs goals are to develop a method for more precise, cost-effective measurement of the areas of contaminated sediment and to provide an improved, more accurate method to evaluate the risk to coastal properties from high water and storms.

Dredging Projects
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Great Lakes Regional Headquarters
This site explains the dredging process and links to sites with more Great Lakes dredging information.

Environmental Dredging
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Great Lakes Regional Headquarters
Contaminated sediments have been dredged for environmental remediation at more than 30 Great Lakes sites. (Section 312 of WRDA 1990, as amended.)

Great Lakes Dredging Team
The GLDT is a partnership of federal and state agencies created to assure that the dredging throughout the Great Lakes is conducted in a timely and cost-effective manner while meeting environmental protection, restoration and enhancement goals.

Great Lakes Tributary Modeling Program
A cooperative initiative of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Great Lakes Regional Headquarters) and the Great Lakes Commission to develop sediment transport models for tributaries to the Great Lakes that discharge to federal navigation channels or Areas of Concern.

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Dredging and the Great Lakes
Great Lakes Commission and Great Lakes Dredging Team
A booklet published in October 1999 that highlights issues such as the beneficial use of dredged material, the role of sedimentation, the dredging connection with commercial navigation and the citizen's role in the dredging process.

Great Lakes Dredged Material Testing & Evaluation Manual
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
A regional testing manual for evaluating potential impacts of contaminants from dredged material proposed for discharge to the Great Lakes, connecting channels and tributaries.

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Related Resources
GLIN: Agencies and Organizations, Maritime
GLIN: Contaminated Sediments in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Ecosytem Management in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Maritime in the Great Lakes Region

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