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Enviro-Mich message from Matt Doss <mdoss@glc.org>


Options for Addressing Contaminated Sediments in Upper Peninsula Waters

Friday, August 15, 1997 - Houghton, Michigan

Workshop Overview:

Contaminated sediments in Michigan's Upper Peninsula will be the topic of
a one-day workshop being held on Friday, August 15, 1997 in Houghton, MI.
The workshop, titled "Options for Addressing Contaminated Sediments in
Upper Peninsula Waters," will review the environmental and public health
impacts of contaminated sediments, as well as the various technologies
available to address them.  In addition, the workshop will highlight case
studies of how four communities are successfully addressing contaminated

With a strong focus on Michigan's Upper Peninsula, the workshop is
designed for Remedial Action Plan participants, elected officials, agency
staff, and residents interested in learning about contaminated sediments.

The workshop will conclude with a facilitated discussion in which the
workshop speakers and audience members will identify key aspects of
successful sediment remediation efforts, major obstacles to ongoing
progress, and priorities for decision makers.  The outcome will provide a
concerted Upper Peninsula perspective on the contaminated sediment issue.

Workshop Schedule and Location:

The workshop is being held from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Memorial
Union located at 1400 Townsend Dr. on the campus of Michigan
Technological University in Houghton, MI. There will be a $10 charge for
lunch at the workshop.  The workshop is sponsored by the Statewide Public
Advisory Council for Michigan's Areas of Concern Program and the Torch
Lake Public Action Council.

Workshop Registration:

The workshop registration deadline is Friday, August 8.  For additional
information or to request a copy of the agenda and registration form,
contact Nancy Douglas at the Menominee Area Chamber of Commerce, (906)
863-2679; Gary Aho at the Keweenaw Soil and Water Conservation District,
(906) 482-0360; or Matt Doss or Tom Crane at the Great Lakes Commission,
(313) 665-9135, mdoss@glc.org.

Contaminated Sediments in Michigan's Areas of Concern

Michigan has 14 Areas of Concern (AOC) where Remedial Action Plans are
being developed and implemented to clean up pollution sources and restore
and protect beneficial uses, such as fish and wildlife consumption and
drinking water sources.  Five AOCs are located in the Upper Peninsula:
Menominee River, Manistique River, Torch Lake, Deer Lake and St. Marys

All of Michigan's AOCs—as well as many other communities across the
state—are grappling with the complex and costly challenge of cleaning up
contaminated sediments in local waterways.  Contaminated sediments
threaten the viability of many commercial and recreational ports because
of restrictions on dredging of navigational channels and disposal costs
of contaminated sediments.  Contaminated sediments also contribute to the
loss of fish and wildlife habitat and, in some areas, lead to fish
consumption advisories.  Municipalities and industries are also faced
with increased costs of treating water drawn from contaminated areas.

To help participants understand the complex environmental, public health,
scientific and social issues related to contaminated sediments, the
workshop will include the following presentations:
        - Overview of contaminated sediments in the Great Lakes
        - Areas of Concern in Michigan's Upper Peninsula
        - Contaminated sediments and the natural environment: impacts and
        - Health risk assessment of contaminated sediments
        - Options and obstacles for addressing contaminated sediments
        - Case studies of sediment remediation efforts:
             * Innovative technologies and cooperative agreements in the
               Manistique River
             * Partnerships and local initiative in the Ashtabula River
             * Natural recovery in the Spanish Harbour and Nipigon Bay

Workshop participants will be invited to ask questions of the speakers
and to comment on their own experiences addressing contaminated sediments
in their local community.  In addition, representatives from Michigan's
14 AOCs will be on hand to answer questions about ongoing cleanup efforts
in their community.

Matt Doss
Great Lakes Commission
Argus II Bldg. -- 400 Fourth St.
Ann Arbor, MI  48103-4816
P:  313-665-9135
F:  313-665-4370
E:  mdoss@glc.org
GLIN:  http://www.great-lakes.net

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