Environmental Council to Visit Ottawa River Clean Up Site
Members of the TMACOG Environmental Council will get a close up look at the sediment dredging project on the Ottawa River at the regular meeting of the council May 27 at 1:30 p.m. The meeting will be on site of the dredging operation near the Hoffman Road landfill in north Toledo. The meeting agenda includes a tour of a portion of the project with a presentation by Robert Rule of de maximus, the company managing the project. Scott Cieniawski of the U.S. EPA will attend. Also on the agenda for the meeting is a vote on the 208 Plan.
Since the fall of 2009 and continuing this spring, workers have been steadily removing contaminated sediment from the Ottawa River and its tributaries. Work includes dredging, suction, piping watered sediment to a protected landfill, dewatering, water treatment, and disposal. Sediments found to be highly contaminated will be stored at a hazardous waste facility. The remediation project is the result of decades of work by many groups that documented the problems and proposed solutions. For more information about the Environmental Council meeting contact Kurt Erichsen at 419.241.9155 ext. 126.
Dredging of contaminated sediment in Sibley Creek was done with backhoes and trucks. Most of the work in the Ottawa River will involve suction and piping sediment for treatment.