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  • Ashtabula, OH (Ashtabula County)
  • Ashtabula AOC
  • Status: Cleanup Completed, 2008
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Amy Mucha
(mucha.amy@epa.gov)
Great Lakes National Program Office
312-886-6785

Ashtabula River Legacy Act Cleanup

Ashtabula River Area of Concern

Aerial photo of sediment cleanup area

Aerial photo of sediment cleanup area. (Click to enlarge)

Work has been completed on the cleanup of the Ashtabula River, a project to remove 25,000 pounds of hazardous PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) and other contaminants from the river bottom. It is the first cleanup project in Ohio funded by the federal Great Lakes Legacy Act, and the largest of the four Legacy Act projects funded to date.

Workers have removed about 497,000 cubic yards of contaminated sediment and provided new habitat in the river. Because the sediment can flow into Lake Erie, removing it is good for the lake and the entire Great Lakes basin. A secondary benefit is a much deeper Ashtabula River, allowing for the return of normal commercial navigation and recreational boating in the river and harbor.

Half the funding of this $50 million project was from the Legacy Act and the other half from the Ashtabula City Port Authority in cooperation with other public and private entities, including the Ashtabula River Cooperation Group II, a group of private companies. The state of Ohio provided $7 million for the project. Other organizations, including U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, played important roles.

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