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EDITORIAL: U.S. Army Corps receives judicious spanking over Cuyahoga River dredge shakedown
The Plain Dealer (5/18)
Thanks to a timely, pointed and unusual federal court injunction against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Ohio's Cuyahoga River navigational channel will be dredged in a timely manner, and the toxic sediment placed in a confined disposal facility.

Cleveland Port Authority hires company to sell dredged sludge from Cuyahoga River
The Plain Dealer (5/14)
The Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority approved hiring an Independence, Ohio, company to sell the sludge dredged from the Cuyahoga River.

Walleye at risk in Lake Erie dredge dumping debate; consumption levels at brink of one-meal-per-month
The Plain Dealer (5/9)
The walleye is at the heart of a dispute between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Ohio EPA, and the Army Corps' plans to dump sludge from what some consider one of the most contaminated miles of the Cuyahoga River directly into the lake.

Federal agency measures lake levels from Traverse City
Traverse City Record-Eagle (5/7)
Data collected in Lake Michigan's Grand Traverse Bay near Traverse City, Mich., could contribute to future engineering and dredging guidelines as dictated by lake levels.

Army Corps opposes dredging Cuyahoga River shipping channel while lawsuit is pending
The Plain Dealer (5/7)
The Army Corps of Engineers has asked a judge to defer to the Corps's decision not to fully dredge the Cleveland Harbor and Cuyahoga River navigation channel in Ohio while a state lawsuit is pending.

Latta again calls to ban dumping in Great Lakes
The Toledo Blade (4/24)
U.S. Rep. Bob Latta reintroduced legislation calling for an outright ban on open-lake disposal of sediment dredged from Great Lakes shipping channels, a move intended to force the Army Corps of Engineers into getting more serious about alternatives.

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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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