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Beneficial Use Workshop

Dear Friend of the Great Lakes:

A regional workshop on Beneficial Use of Dredged Material will be held
in Toledo, Ohio on September 15 and the morning of September 16, 1998.

Each year, between 3-4 million cubic yards of sediments are dredged from
Great Lakes harbors and channels to maintain safe depths for commercial
and recreational navigation.  Although some sediments are contaminated,
the majority of dredged material does not require disposal in a
landfill.  Beneficial use is an approach to managing dredged material
which focuses on its value as a resource and not a waste.  Productive
uses of dredged material include beach nourishment, habitat restoration,
landscaping, road construction fill, and many others.

The workshop sponsored by the Great Lakes Dredging Team (a federal/state
partnership), is being conducted to inform state and local governments
on how dredged material from their harbors, channels, and lakes might be
used beneficially.  The workshop will include a number of case studies
from projects around the Great Lakes, discussions of obstacles limiting
beneficial uses and approaches to overcome them.  

A full workshop agenda can be found online at

The workshop will be held at the Radisson Hotel/Sea Gate Convention
Center complex.  The Radisson Hotel number is 419-241-3000; special rate
is $79 plus tax.  The Best Western Toledo Tower ( 419-242-8885) is next
door and has a government rate of $50 plus tax.  To register for the
workshop, please contact Victoria Pebbles (vpebbles@glc.org) or Steve
Thorp (sthorp@glc.org).

Victoria Pebbles
Program Specialist
Transportation and Economic Development
Great Lakes Commission
400 Fourth Street
Argus II Building 
Ann Arbor, MI 48103-4816
p: 734-665-9135
f: 734-665-4370
e: vpebbles@glc.org