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Contaminated Sediments Workshop


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.