Contaminated Sediments Program
Table of Contents
- Dredging in the Great Lakes
- Purpose & authority for manual
- Applicability of manual
- Manual development and status
- Dredged material regulation
- What's in it?
- Downloading the manual
- Ask questions
- News update
Great Lakes Dredged Material Testing & Evaluation Manual
The water levels of the Great Lakes have dropped about two feet from their levels of a year ago, in response to lower than normal precipitation in the watersheds of the upper lakes. Although the current levels are just below their long-term averages, they seem lower because the Lakes have experienced higher than normal levels for the past 30 years, including record highs in 1987. The impacts of these low lake levels is expected to be especially felt by marinas and small boat harbors. The Corps of Engineers is expecting that the number of permits for dredging are going to double this year. For more information about the lake levels, go to the Corps' Great Lakes Region homepage.
The USEPA and Corps of Engineers periodically host seminars to provide training on dredged material testing and management. The most recent was held in Buffalo, NY in September 1998. The next Dredged Material Testing & Management is scheduled for January 11-13, 2000 in San Diego, California. For more information on the seminar, contact Ms. Billie Skinner at 601-634-3701; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Great Lakes Dredging Team in a partnership of Federal and State agencies established to be an advocate for timely, cost-efficient and environmentally responsible dredging on the Great Lakes. Their web site contains a white paper on the dredged material management decision making process, fact sheets on confined disposal facilities, and public outreach tools. The Team has developed a white paper describing the decision making process for dredged material management in the Great Lakes.
Look for updates on the following at this web site:
- Impacts of recent rulemaking in TSCA and RCRA on dredged material management decisions
- State of Wisconsin efforts to develop criteria for upland beneficial use of dredged material
- A report to Congress on the status of Great Lakes confined disposal facilities (CDFs)