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What's New
Grand Haven harbor to be dredged later this season
Grand Haven Tribune (4/9)
Shipping season is already underway in Grand Haven, Mich., but it could be a few more weeks until dredging of the Grand Haven port's channel takes place.

Michigan wants to limit dredging to help protect sturgeon
The Associated Press (4/7)
Michigan wants to limit the times of year when dredging is allowed in part of southwestern Michigan to protect lake sturgeon, officials announced Monday.

EDITORIAL: Congress must reel in Army Corps on dump of toxic dredge in Lake Erie
The Plain Dealer (4/2)
The Ohio congressional delegation needs to show the Corps that following the law, and doing the right thing for public health, are not optional.

Ohio Senate raises glass to bill limiting fertilizer application
The Toledo Blade (3/26)
In Ohio, the House and Senate voted to restrict application of manure and other fertilizers that contribute to toxic algae blooms, move away from open-lake dumping of dredged material, and step up monitoring at water-treatment plants.

Lake Erie algae plans progress; hearing is today
The Toledo Blade (2/12)
Ohio’s highest-ranking lawmakers took steps to help improve Lake Erie water quality while a state House agriculture committee prepared for an algae hearing in Sylvania.

Brown, Portman want Corps to stop practice of open-lake dumping
The Toledo Blade (1/16)
Ohio’s two U.S. senators said they want the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to phase out its decades-old practice of dumping dredged material from Ohio shipping channels back into 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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