Amy P. Mucha
Phone: 312 886-6785
Trenton Channel Legacy Act Project
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency began work to assess contaminated sediment in the Upper Trenton Channel as part of the Great Lakes Legacy Act. This $1.2 million project is a preliminary step toward dealing with contaminated sediment that remains in the Trenton Channel, an urban waterway with an extensive history of industrial development and use.
This project also brings about a voluntary partnership between the EPA and BASF Corp. and Arkema to assess and share information gathered regarding the contaminated sediment. Under this voluntary partnership arrangement, sampling of the sediment (mud) will take place in late April and early May. Around 140 samples will be collected at various locations in the Upper Trenton Channel to fill gaps in the understanding of the sediment contamination. Additionally, this project will complete a feasibility study, or FS. The FS will identify and compare different options for addressing contaminated sediment in the Upper Trenton Channel project area.
Part of the Detroit River AOC
The Detroit River is a 32-mile international waterway linking Lake St. Clair and the upper Great Lakes to Lake Erie. The Detroit River Area of Concern, or AOC, is shared between the United States and Canada. AOCs were designated by Canada and the U.S. as Great Lakes locations damaged by historical industrial and municipal pollution. Forty-three AOCs have been identified: 26 located entirely within the United States; 12 located wholly within Canada; and five shared by both countries. Two Canadian AOCs have been cleaned up and “delisted,” and one U.S. AOC has been delisted, leaving 30 locations on the American side of the border.
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- New Partnership Spearheads Sediment Study (PDF) (2 pg, 409K) April 2011
- Trenton Channel Remedial Investigation Report Interim Final (PDF) (412 pp, 10.9MB) July 2010