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  Dredging
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What's New
North Toledo site prepares for farm on dredged soil
The Toledo Blade (8/31)
A North Toledo neighborhood could be less than a year away from gaining national attention as the site of Ohio’s most innovative farm when soil dredged from the Toledo shipping channel will be used to grow crops.

Massive cleanup plan emerging for U.S. Steel site in Duluth
Duluth News Tribune (8/29)
After years of neglect, the site of the long-closed U.S. Steel Duluth Works along the St. Louis River in western Duluth, Minn., may be be on the verge of revitalization.

Northland organizations recycle lake sediments to make the Northland Greener
Northland's NewsCenter (8/15)
Every year the Erie Pier in Duluth, Minn., accepts around 110,000 cubic yards of sediments dredged from the bottom 19 miles of federal navigation channels in the harbor. The mix of sand, silt, and clay is then recycled for different uses.

Almost 6 acres of land added near Fullerton Avenue Beach
Chicago Tribune (7/31)
A $31.5 million project funded by the Army Corps of Engineers, the city and the Park District is meant to stabilize an aging shoreline while protecting the lakefront path from the type of waves that shut it down temporarily during a storm last fall.

GLIN July Site of the Month
(7/1)
GLIN's Site of the Month for July is Great Lakes Mud, a site created by Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant to promote sediment cleanup and habitat restoration made possible by the Great Lakes Legacy Act, which has cleaned up 2.9 million cubic yards of contaminated sediment through 17 different remediation projects as of 2015.

Dredging work begins on Black River Canal in Port Huron
Fox28 (6/17)
A city official says crews have begun dredging activities along the Lake Huron end of the Black River Canal in Port Huron.

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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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