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What's New
Ohio bill gives state EPA more teeth in regulating landfills, Lake Erie dredging
The Plain Dealer (7/6)
An Ohio Senate bill awaiting Gov. John Kasich's signature would give the state EPA more power to regulate dredging in Lake Erie and landfills throughout the state.

Contracts awarded for dredging St. Joseph, Holland harbors
The Associated Press (5/30)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded contracts for dredging two Lake Michigan harbors to improve navigation at the St. Joseph outer harbor and the Holland harbor.

Ohio EPA, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers test Cuyahoga River bottom for potential open-lake disposal
The Plain Dealer (4/25)
In Cleveland, Ohio, a new round of testing in the Cuyahoga River shipping channel could help to determine whether dredged sediment will continue to be stored in lakefront containment dikes or if it's clean enough to dump into the open lake.

Great Lakes town raises money online to save harbor
WBFO - Buffalo, NY (4/20)
In Leland, Michigan, a local campaign raised $275,000 to help the city buy equipment to dredge its recreational harbor in time for summer.

IJC meeting dredges up Great Lakes water problems
The Sarnia Journal (3/27)
Sarnia, Ontario, went to great lengths to properly dispose of sediment scooped up during this winterís $3-million dredging project, but thatís not always the case in the Great Lakes.

Superior City Council OKs placing dredged material at Wisconsin Point landfill
Duluth News Tribune (3/11)
The city of Superior, Wisconsin, is lending its support ó and a long-closed landfill on Wisconsin Point ó to a plan to clean up Howard's Bay despite opposition from the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa

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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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