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Native fish spawning habitat
Michigan State University (10/6)
Restoring native fish habitat in the Detroit River is a project that requires time, planning and hard work. When referring to habitat, the term "restoration" can be confusing. In a sense, the project is restoring a habitat feature that once existed somewhere in the river.

EDITORIAL: Bring down the Gorge Dam
Akron Beacon Journal (9/30)
After years of discussion, there is welcome news about removing the Gorge Dam, a project crucial to restoring a healthy flow in the Cuyahoga River, in Ohio.

Muddy prospects: A new industry surfaces thatíll repurpose river sediment
WCPN - Cleveland, OH (9/23)
An executive order earlier this year prohibits open lake dumping of dredged material. Now, there are alternative efforts underway to make use of all those sediments.

Port of Monroe on western Lake Erie getting $3M state loan for dredging, other improvements
WDIV - TV Detroit (9/22)
The Michigan Economic Development Corp. said Tuesday that the Michigan Strategic Fund is loaning up to $3 million to the city of Monroe to dredge the River Raisin and make other upgrades to the port. The project aims to expand trade routes and cargo opportunities at the port that serves as a gateway to the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway.

Harbor tour aimed at scoring funding for clean-up projects
KQDS-TV - Duluth, MN (9/15)
The Vista Fleet became a funding platform for environmental agencies that are hoping for state funding to help clean up the Duluth-Superior Harbor in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

North Toledo site prepares for farm on dredged soil
The Toledo Blade (8/31)
A North Toledo neighborhood could be less than a year away from gaining national attention as the site of Ohioís most innovative farm when soil dredged from the Toledo shipping channel will be used to grow crops.

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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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