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Great Lakes Dredged Material Testing & Evaluation Manual

The Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers have developed a regional testing manual for evaluating potential impacts of contaminants from dredged material proposed for discharge to the Great Lakes, connecting channels and tributaries. This manual is intended to be used as a decision making tool for dredge and fill permits issued by the Army Corps of Engineers, or States or Tribes where delegated, under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act.

The procedures outlined in the manual are only a part of the evaluation of proposed discharges of dredged material to waters of the Great Lakes. The testing manual is intended for use by dredging contractors, consultants, laboratories, private citizens and resource agencies. This manual should be used in consultation with the Corps of Engineers district office responsible for issuance of Section 404 permits.

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