What's New 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.
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.
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.
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.