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Army Corps project will turn pond near Squaw Island, N.Y. into vibrant wetlands
The Buffalo News (10/26)
A stagnant pond near Buffalo's Squaw Island will be refurbished with dredged sediment from the Buffalo River.

Harbor Beach dredging project wins Michigan Municipal League Community Excellence Award
Huron County View (10/23)
Harbor Beach in Michigan's Thumb region won for its innovative, self-performed dredging project. With water levels on the Great Lakes being so low the past two summers, many communities like Harbor Beach had to do emergency dredging in order to accommodate boats in its municipal marina.

After years of build up, dredging at Wilson Harbor in Wilson, N.Y. underway
Time Warner Cable News (10/22)
Almost a decade had come and gone without any dredging at the harbor, leaving silt to build up and lowering the water level. After several years of red tape and road blocks, dredging in Wilson Harbor continues. Work started in September and should be finished by mid-November.

Dredge clean-up debate revolves around Facility 3
The Toledo Blade (10/12)
The Toledo water crisis has reopened a debate about a man-made island called Facility 3, located near the Toledo-Oregon, Ohio, border where the Maumee River flows into Lake Erie’s Maumee Bay.

10 tons of contaminated soil removed from Buffalo River each minute
WIVB - Buffalo, NY (8/21)
All day and all night, every single minute, a crane lifts about 10 tons of soil from the bottom of the Buffalo River, N.Y. Sometimes it digs 25 feet down into the muck and pulls up soil contaminated with PCBs, lead and mercury, which is hauled away for storage at the old Bethlehem Steel site.

Port Huron paying to have Black River Canal dredged
The Times-Herald (8/19)
In Port Huron, Mich. the gate where the Black River Canal flows out of Lake Huron will be closed for two more days so the canal can be dredged.

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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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