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  Dredging
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What's New
Pilot program using dredged material from the Maumee River on farm fields
WTVG-TV - Toledo, OH (8/15)
The Port of Toledo, Ohio, has the largest continuous dredging operation on the entire Great Lakes and a local pilot project is working to get some of that material back on land.

First of two Kawkawlin River dredging projects nearly complete
MLive (8/12)
In Michigan, after a nearly eight-month hiatus, a project to dredge the Saginaw Bay near the Kawkawlin River mouth resumed again late last month, and is expected to be completed within a few weeks.

Senator Schumer wants to speed up grant process for dredging in Ogdensburg harbor
North Country This Week (8/2)
In New York, the Ogdensburg harbor was last dredged in 1984 and now needs to be dredged and deepened, Senator Charles Schumer said during a visit to the city.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says Cuyahoga River shipping channel might not need dredging
The Plain Dealer (7/26)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers argued in a court filing that the money Congress budgeted for the dredging of Ohio’s Cleveland Harbor and Cuyahoga River shipping channel allows for the Corps to make the ultimate decision on whether to dredge.

$3 million Saginaw River dredging project will help keep shipping lanes open
MLive (6/7)
The Saginaw River will receive more than $3 million in dredging this year, according to Saginaw County officials.

Project to dredge Rochester Harbor begins
Rochester Business Journal (6/6)
Dredging at New York's Rochester Harbor is underway, in a plan to clean up the Port of Rochester at Lake Ontario and the Genesee River.

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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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Publications
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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