GLRPPR Sector Resource: Recycling Dredged Material in the Great Lakes
Recycling Dredged Material in the Great Lakes
Often dredged material is simply mud (wet dirt) or wet sand. Contrary to popular belief, not all dredged material is contaminated. Using dredged material can offset the need to mine or import sand or soil from other areas. It can also save valuable space in costly disposal facilities for those really contaminated materials that cannot be reused. Clean dredged material can be used for a variety of purposes, including habitat restoration, topsoil enhancement, general fill, landscaping and road bed construction. Mildly contaminated materials can often be used for things like daily landfill cover, capping more contaminated sites, and as aggregate for construction materials that “lock in” the contaminants. This web site provides three different portals for getting information about sources of dredged material near you that can be used beneficially: 1) Frequently Asked Questions for general inquiries; 2) a MapFinder for getting detailed information on specific sediment locations around the Great Lakes; and 3) an Advanced Query that allows you to find material closest to you and that suits your needs.
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