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What's New
Ohio EPA boss to Army Corps of Engineers: "Obviously, doing nothing is not acceptable" to clean up toxic blob
The Plain Dealer (5/4)
The head of the Ohio EPA characterized the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' response as "less than encouraging" and offered a point-by-point rebuttal to the agency's description of a toxic mass of sediment located on the bottom of Lake Erie.

Army Corps of Engineers refutes Ohio EPA claim that toxic mass in Lake Erie threatens Cleveland's drinking water
The Plain Dealer (5/3)
The head of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Great Lakes Division issued a news release denying a report by the Ohio EPA that a mass of toxic sediment on the bottom of Lake Erie poses any threat to the city's drinking water.

Banned PCBs still haunt Great Lakes
Great Lakes Echo (4/27)
PCB emissions may still threaten residents of Chicago and other Great Lakes communities, according to a recently published study that calls for legislation to control the largest sources of the longtime pollutant.

Randle Reef cleanup in Hamilton Harbour set to begin
The Hamilton Spectactor (4/18)
The steel is here. The barge with the first set of metal sheet piles used to form the outer wall of the Randle Reef engineered containment facility (ECF) arrived in Hamilton Harbour, in Ontario.

EPA orders dam removal cleanup work to begin
MLive (4/18)
U.S. EPA has issued a unilateral order which requires the removal of PCB-contaminated sediment and soil from a 1.5-mile stretch of the Kalamazoo River upstream of the Otsego Township Dam, in Michigan.

Polluters commit to pay $46M to restore habitat in northeastern Wisconsin
Wisconsin Public Radio (4/11)
Paper companies, recyclers and water treatment plants are putting up another $46 million to restore wildlife and habitat in northeastern Wisconsin as part of a massive PCB cleanup in the Fox River and Green Bay.

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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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