From EPA: Great Lakes Cleanup Projects Get New Direction
How and where contaminated sediment will be cleaned up in the Great Lakes is the subject of a new rule announced today by the Environmental Protection Agency. Acting under the authority of the Great Lakes Legacy Act, the agency has outlined how projects will be identified, selected and evaluated to clean up the sediment and reverse the environmental harm to Great Lakes rivers and harbors.
The cleanup of "areas of concern" has been a priority of the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration. Proposed funding for this effort has quintupled in four years. Congress appropriated $9.9 million in fiscal year 2004, $22.3 million in 2005, and $29.6 million in 2006 for Legacy Act cleanups. The president has requested $49.6 million in the proposed 2007 budget.
Additional funding comes from state and local partners, who contribute at least a 35 percent match for each project. A request for projects will be issued within 90 days after the rule is published in the Federal Register. Proposals may be submitted at any time.
Contaminated sediment is a significant problem in the Great Lakes basin. The United States and Canada have designated 41 areas of concern. In recent years, state and federal agencies have worked with local communities to clean up sediment through dredging and disposal, capping the contaminated material with clean material, allowing natural recovery of the materials in place, or a combination. From 1997-2004, approximately 3.7 million cubic yards of contaminated sediment were remediated from the Great Lakes Basin.
Projects that have received funding under the program: Ashtabula River in Ohio; the Black Lagoon in the Detroit River; Ruddiman Creek in Muskegon, and Hog Island, near Superior, Wis.
More information on Great Lakes Legacy Act: http://www.epa.gov/glla/
More information on Contaminated Sediments Program: http://www.epa.gov/glnpo/sediments.html