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PBDEs threaten both Canada, U.S
The London Free Press (7/21)
A pervasive, toxic chemical used as a fire retardant in thousands of products has made its way to a Canada/U.S. hit list — and a binational study group is calling on both countries to impose even tighter controls on its use and disposal.

Enbridge to pay $172M for Kalamazoo River oil spill
The Detroit News (7/20)
Enbridge Energy will pay more than $172 million as part of a consent decree with the U.S. government tied to the Alberta-based company’s 2010 pipeline rupture near Marshall, Mich., that fouled nearly 40 miles of the Kalamazoo River.

Removal work begins for 160-year-old dam across Grand River
MLive (7/12)
The crashing sounds of giant limestone boulders echoed through Lyons Village, Mich., as construction crews began the first of a two-stage process to remove a 160-year-old dam across the Grand River.

New plan to halt chemical leak from Bonaventure into St. Lawrence River
The Montreal Gazette (6/9)
Since the mid-19th century, the area that runs under the Bonaventure Expressway and the city’s Technoparc, has housed a landfill, and an old rail yard. After decades of study, the federal and provincial governments and the city of Montreal will embark on a project to clean up the site.

Scajaquada Creek cleanup effort starts in Buffalo’s Forest Lawn cemetery
The Buffalo News (5/31)
Cleaning up Scajaquada Creek, in N.Y., begins now, according to the Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. A $2 million project includes dredging contaminated areas of the creek channel as well as restoring habitat and natural flood plain areas along the creek.

U.S. Senate passes bill barring Army Corps of Engineers from dumping polluted sediment into Lake Erie
The Plain Dealer (5/12)
The U.S. Senate passed an energy and water appropriations bill that included a provision inserted by Sen. Sherrod Brown that prevents the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from dumping polluted dredged sediment directly into Lake Erie.

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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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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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