- Superior, Wis. (Douglas County)
- St. Louis River AOC
- Status: Cleanup Completed, 2005
Great Lakes Legacy Act Program Manager
Hog Island Legacy Act Cleanup
The sediment cleanup at Hog Island, Superior Wisconsin is complete. The $6.3 million project involved digging up and disposing of over 50,000 cubic yards of petroleum-contaminated sediment (mud) and soil from Newton Creek and parts of Hog Island Inlet.
The banks of the creek and inlet were landscaped to prevent erosion. The result will be a healthier habitat for fish and other aquatic life, and the inlet will be safe for recreation.
Approximately $4.1 million of the funds to pay for this project were provided by the Great Lakes Legacy Act. The act authorizes $270 million over a five-year period to clean up contaminated sediment in Great Lakes toxic hot spots called "Areas of Concern." Newton Creek and Hog Island Inlet are part of the St. Louis River AOC. This is the second Great Lakes Legacy Act project. The first was a project to remove contaminated sediment from Black Lagoon, part of the Detroit River in Trenton, Michigan
The state of Wisconsin and other parties are providing 35 percent of the project's cost, or about $2.2 million. These are non-federal matching funds required by the Legacy Act.
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- Fact Sheet: Hog Island Cleanup Will Help Lake Superior (PDF) (2 pp, 255K) November 2005
- Fact Sheet: Hog Island Dredging Project Will Remove Contaminants (PDF) (2 pp, 56K) June 2005
- Project Executive Summary: Segment L Contaminated Sediment Remediation (PDF) (1 pg, 6K)
- News releases
- $6.3 million cleanup of Newton Creek and Hog Island Inlet, the second Great Lakes Legacy Act project, is now complete (Nov. 28, 2005)
- Media Advisory: EPA Administrator Johnson and Gov. Doyle to celebrate Completion of Hog Island Inlet/Newton Creek Cleanup in Superior (PDF) (2 pp, 35K) November 2005
- Hog Island dredging project to receive Great Lakes Legacy Act funds; cleanup to begin in June (June 16, 2005)