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Grow tomatoes on dredge spoils? Could happen on Great Lakes
WBFO – Buffalo, NY (8/31)
Farming might be the solution to reuse the tons of material dredged from the Port of Toledo in Ohio.

Plans explained for cleanup at former U.S. Steel site
Duluth News Tribune (8/25)
In Minnesota, details were announced Thursday for a $69 million proposed plan to address contaminated sediment at U.S. Steel's former industrial site in Duluth's Morgan Park neighborhood.

Test project for using Lake Erie sediment opens in Toledo
WTVG TV - Toledo, OH (8/21)
A test site to show the potential uses of sediment dredged from Lake Erie's harbors is now open in northern Ohio.

EDITORIAL: Welcome effort begins to undo the causes and effects of years of polluting Scajaquada Creek, Hoyt Lake
The Buffalo News (8/20)
Scajaquada Creek is expected to be cleaned of the sewage overflows that contaminate it, as part of a $20 million effort to repair an aging wastewater infrastructure.

$7.9M in federal funds awarded for Muskegon Lake cleanup
The Associated Press (8/10)
The Great Lakes Commission was awarded $7.9 million to restore wetlands and fish habitat in Michigan's Muskegon Lake.

Minnesota Slip cleanup options to be explored
Duluth News tribune (8/10)
Four options for dealing with the estimated 37,000 cubic yards of contaminated sediments that have accumulated at the bottom of Duluth's Minnesota Slip will be explored during an open house meeting.

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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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