What's New 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.
Weighing environmental, economic impacts of dredging Great Lakes Echo (4/25) Record low water levels spurred the Michigan government to spend over $20 million on dredging to enable recreational and commercial boating to continue. Some worry that the dredging may have other costs.
The Grand Calumetís road to recovery Great Lakes Echo (1/25) The Grand Calumet sediment clean up and wetland restoration are being funded by the Great Lakes Legacy Act, a law meant to deal with contaminated sediment from years past.
Grand Calumet River delivers toxic load to Lake Michigan Great Lakes Echo (1/24) The Grand Calumet has long been known as one of the nationís most polluted rivers-it carries materials from overflowing sewers during heavy rains, contaminated sediment pulled from the river bottom, industrial run-off and contaminated groundwater into Lake Michigan.
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.