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  Dredging
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What's New
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.

Toledo dredging project delayed until community can be informed
The Toledo Blade (8/11)
The project would use North Toledo’s Riverside Park as a test site for redepositing tons of silt dredged from the Toledo shipping channel, then finding other uses for it, such as landfill cover or farm soil.

Rep. Rick Nolan (Minn.) touts Lake Superior harbor maintenance progress
The Pioneer Press (7/22)
The newly passed Water Resources Reform and Development Act, which seeks to boost funding for harbor projects, will help reduce the dredging backlog for Great Lakes ports, including Duluth, Minn.

Lake Ontario bay dredging project set to start
The Wall Street Journal (7/21)
A dredging project aimed at clearing built-up silt from a Lake Ontario bay gets underway near Rochester, N.Y.

Ohio pushes to end sediment dumping into Lake Erie
Associated Press (7/20)
Ohio environmental regulators are working with local and federal agencies to find new uses for dredged sediment so that it no longer ends up in Lake Erie.

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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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