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What's New
Indiana Harbor dredging to resume
Post-Tribune (3/13)
An estimated 180,000 cubic yards of contaminated sediment is scheduled to be removed from the Indiana Harbor and Canal starting in April.

Tiny plastic particles pose sizable threat to Lake Erie
The Buffalo News (2/16)
Lake Erie has been found to have some of the most contaminated waters because of the tiny plastic beads that are found in face and body washes.

Riverís contaminated sediment targeted in EPA cleanup plan
The News-Herald (1/28)
A larger-than-expected crowd packed the Wyandotte Boat Club in Wyandotte, Mich., to hear a presentation from the Environmental Protection Agency and environmental activists concerning a plan to remove contaminated sediment in the upper Trenton Channel.

Scientists to go ahead with $600K algae study
Sandusky Register (1/16)
A new $600,000 study funded by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative will sample sediment at the bottom of Lake Erie to track various forms of phosphorus and nitrogen believed to feed harmful algal blooms.

Great Lakes protection gets new wave of support
UpNorthLive (6/27)
A bill introduced in the U.S. Senate could help boost funding programs to protect the Great Lakes. The Great Lakes Ecological and Economic Protection Act would address invasive species, speed cleanup of contaminated sediments, protect Great Lakes habitat and improve water quality for the more than 40 million people who get their drinking water from the Great Lakes.

Protest of PCB landfills near Akwesasne planned
North Country Public Radio (5/17)
Environmental activists will gather at a park in Massena, New York, tomorrow to protest the ongoing presence of toxic PCBs in the area.

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General Resources
Contaminated Sediments
Great Lakes Dredging Team
A listing of resources dealing with dredging issues.

Contaminated Sediments and the Great Lakes
University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute
This fact sheet explains how contaminants build up in sediment, how they affect the food chain and why the Great Lakes are susceptible.

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 Basin Program for Soil Erosion and Sedimentation
Great Lakes Commission
The Basin Program's purpose is to coordinate the efforts of the various levels of government with the specific goal of protecting and improving Great Lakes water quality by controlling soil erosion and sedimentation.

Guide to GLNPO Assessment and Remediation of Contaminated Sediments (ARCS) Program
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Great Lakes National Program Office (GLINPO)
Provides the final summary report for ARCS as well as background information.

Moving Mud: Remediating Great Lakes Contaminated Sediments
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Great Lakes National Program Office (GLNPO)
Highlights sediment projects--including assessments, feasibility studies, remedial designs and remediations--funded during FY 1993-1996.

Nearshore Processes Program
Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL)
Implemented in 1993, this program provides quantitative understanding of the transport, transformation, and fate of the contaminated materials and sediments as affected by hydrodynamic processes in the coastal nearshore region of the Great Lakes.

Realizing Remediation
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Great Lakes National Program Office (GLNPO)
A summary of contaminated sediment remediation activities in the Great Lakes basin.

Sediments Research Web
An online community designed to promote improvements in the management and remediation of contaminated sediments.

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Publications
Guidance for In-Situ Subaqueous Capping of Contaminated Sediments
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Great Lakes National Program Office (GLNPO)
Includes descriptions of the processes involved with in-situ capping, identification of the design equirements of an in-situ capping project and a recommended sequence for design.

Preliminary Investigation of the Extent and Effects of Sediment Contamination in White Lake, MI
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Great Lakes National Program Office (GLNPO)
This investigation was conducted to define the ecological effects of the heavy metal contamination in Tannery Bay and to assess heavy metal contamination in eastern White Lake.

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Related Resources
GLIN: Dredging in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Hazardous Materials and Spills in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Soil Erosion in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Toxic Contamination in the Great Lakes Region

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