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Mercury Pollution Prevention For Municipalities And Small Business

Project Information

Award Amount:$12,000.00
Dollars Leveraged:$0.00
Start-End Dates:10/1/01-9/30/03
Many waters within the Lake Superior watershed including the St. Louis River are listed with fish consumption advisories due to mercury. A number of projects aimed at reducing mercury use and release in the St. Louis River (Douglas County) and Lake Superior Basins have been implemented or are currently underway. Although many of these have been highly effective at reducing mercury releases, additional efforts are needed to get the mercury reduction message to more residents and industries in these areas. The Western Lake Superior Sanitary District (WLSSD) serves as the main coordinator for the St. Louis River TMDL Partnership. The Partnership is a diverse set of stakeholders representing environmental organizations, industries, academia, the public, and municipalities within the Lake Superior Basin.

The objectives of this project were to maximize the effectiveness of existing programs and identify gaps and recommend new gap-filling programs, especially those that can quickly move from planning to implementation.

Environmental Results/Products:

A comprehensive survey to identify existing mercury reduction efforts has been conducted and a gap analysis has been performed.

The existing program evaluation was completed in three steps. First, a list of known mercury reduction programs in the project area was created. The list includes local, state, regional and national efforts that are currently in use or well along in planning the stage. The list identifies 25 programs.

-Inventory, assessment, classification

Some of those programs offered throughout Douglas County:
> Fluorescent light recycling
> HHW and Clean Sweep collections
> Auto switch the switch program
> Mercury free school programs, which covers 10 counties in northern Wisconsin
> Camp thermometer Replacement Program, also called “On the Trail for Mercury”- a program aimed at youth camps in the 10 counties that comprise the Lake Superior watershed.
> Thermometer exchanges
> Thermostat Recycling Program
> Dental amalgam BMP project

-Scientific study

Twelve of the existing mercury reduction programs were selected for in-depth review. This effort included taking inventory of mercury sources that existing programs address and their geographic coverage, as well as collecting information regarding the effectiveness of each program and what could be done to improve that effectiveness.


-Outreach, information exchange
Staff conducted outreach activities for a diverse audience such as: dental, WWTP industries, households, and business, schools, construction and demolition contractors, dairy farms, and general public.


Funding Organizations

Below is a list of organizations with individual contacts that are funding this project.

U.S. EPA Great Lakes National Program Office - Primary Contact

77 W Jackson Blvd
Chicago, Illinois 60604
There are no individuals in this organization
associated with this project.

Organizations Receiving Funding

Below is a list of organizations with individual contacts that are receiving funding for this project.

Western Lake Superior Sanitary District - Primary Contact

2626 Courtland Stree
Duluth, Minnesota 55806
p: 218-722-3336
Individual Contacts
  • Joseph Stepun

Associated Organizations

Below is a list of associated organizations that are NOT giving or receiving funding for this project.

Carlton County Minnesota - Partner

301 Walnut Avenue
Carlton, Minnesota 55718
p: 218-384-4281

Douglas County Minnesota - Partner

305 8th Ave W
Alexandria, Minnesota 56308

Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance (MOEA) - Partner

520 Lafayette Rd, North
Floor 2
St Paul, Minnesota 55155-4100
p: 651-296-3417

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency - Partner

520 Lafayette Road North
St. Paul, Minnesota 55155-4194
p: 651-296-6300

Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP) - Partner

University of Minnesota Gateway
200 Oak St., Suite 350
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455
p: 612-624-1300


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