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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.

Randle Reef cleanup in Hamilton Harbour set to begin
The Hamilton Spectactor (4/18)
The steel is here. The barge with the first set of metal sheet piles used to form the outer wall of the Randle Reef engineered containment facility (ECF) arrived in Hamilton Harbour, in Ontario.

These Lake Michigan beaches are getting more sand, thanks to dredging
MLive (4/16)
Michigan beaches south of the channels in Holland and St. Joseph will get some extra sand this spring. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will dredge more than 110,000 cubic yards from those two Lake Michigan harbors.

Leland Township Harbor Master says dredging is a must this year
WPBN/WGTU-TV - Traverse City, MI (4/14)
The Harbor Master in Leland Township, Mich., calls for dredging in his harbor, which is currently about 85% closed up with sand.

Council asked to approve canal dredging agreement
The Times Herald (4/11)
High water several weeks ago reversed the flow of the Black River Canal, letting water rush into Lake Huron and raising hopes that it might scour out the sand bar at the head of the canal.

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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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