DENVER (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will take the first major steps this summer to clean up wastewater flowing from dozens of old mines at a Superfund site in southwestern...
EPA won’t make GE restart Hudson dredging for now
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency declined for now to make General Electric restart dredging in the Hudson River, triggering a wave of condemnation Thursday from New York...
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on the Environmental Protection Agency's decision not to compel General Electric to restart dredging in the Hudson River (all times local):
Superior joins $18M cleanup of Howards Bay contamination
SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) — The city of Superior has agreed to join a roughly $18.5 million project to remove contaminated sediments from Howards Bay to improve shipping and restore fish and wildlife...
Future of Georgia port expansion hinges on oxygen injectors
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A loud hum drones from a twisting array of machines and pipes connected to four towering metal cones that mix water from the Savannah River with oxygen filtered from the air...
Funds OKed for removing mine sands from Lake Superior harbor
DETROIT (AP) — The federal government has come up with money for removing additional waste mining sands from a section of Lake Superior off Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula.
The Environmental Protection Agency is providing $946,000 to dredge stamp sands from an ancient riverbed north of Buffalo Reef.
The coarse, black sands were generated in the early 1900s as a byproduct of copper processing and dumped in the lake. They're drifting toward the 2,220-acre reef, an important fish spawning area.
Mississippi announces plans for $37.8M in oil spill money
BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi officials have outlined how they plan to spend this year's $37.8 million installment of BP oil spill money, focusing largely on economic, environmental and transportation projects.
Gov. Phil Bryant made the announcement Tuesday in Biloxi, outlining how the state will spend money from the federal RESTORE Act, which allocates 80 percent of the penalties from the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill to the five Gulf Coast states.
$16M contract awarded for Rouge River channel cleanup
DETROIT (AP) — Federal agencies have awarded a $16 million contract for cleanup of the old channel in Michigan's Lower Rouge River.
Great Lakes Dock and Materials of Muskegon will dredge and cap portions of the heavily industrialized navigation channel near Zug Island in southwest Detroit.
The project is part of a larger effort to restore the Rouge River Area of Concern.
Contract awarded to dredge polluted Lake Superior harbor
DETROIT (AP) — Federal officials have awarded a contract to remove copper mine waste from a Lake Superior harbor, where it threatens to damage crucial fish spawning habitat more than a century after companies dumped it into the water.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says Petersen Companies Inc. of Minocqua, Wisconsin, will dredge about 27,500 cubic yards (21,025 cubic meters) of material known as "stamp sands" from in and around Grand Traverse Harbor.
Lawsuit: Dredge mining done without permits in Idaho river
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A conservation group has filed a federal lawsuit contending a miner in Idaho is ignoring environmental laws and encouraging unpermitted mining by other gold seekers.
In its citizen enforcement lawsuit filed Friday in U.S. District Court, the Idaho Conservation League contends that suction dredge mining by Shannon Poe of Concord, California, is violating the federal Clean Water Act on the South Fork of the Clearwater River.
LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — Some suction dredge miners seeking gold on the South Fork of the Clearwater River in north-central Idaho aren't adhering to state and federal rules, federal and state officials said.
The Idaho Department of Water Resources is considering issuing notices of violations to at least two of the miners, the Lewiston Tribune reported Wednesday.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Supreme Court has upheld a decision, opposed by environmentalists, by the state lands department to allow the dredging of the port of Coos Bay for a proposed deep-water marine terminal where ships could load liquefied natural gas from a planned pipeline.
Petitioners, who are environmental advocacy groups, said the permit was invalidly issued because the lands department had not considered the negative effects of the terminal, such as a fuel spill.
KETCHUM, Idaho (AP) — Crews have begun working on a project that will improve fish habitat in an area polluted by gold dredging on the Yankee Fork tributary of the Salmon River in central Idaho.
A dredging operation along a section of the river between 1940 and 1952 successfully removed gold from the valley floor, but it significantly altered the Yankee Fork, side channels, riparian vegetation and flood plain, the Forest Service said in a statement.
GAY, Mich. (AP) — A dredging project in Grand Traverse Bay Harbor in Michigan's Upper Peninsula has been delayed due to permit and contracting issues.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says dredging expected to start this spring will be postponed until at least fall. It's part of efforts to save Buffalo Reef off Gay, northwest of Marquette.
EPA: Dredging begins at Indiana Harbor Ship Canal
EAST CHICAGO, Ind. (AP) — Dredging of a ship canal in northwest Indiana has begun as environmental regulators continue to study off-site disposal options for highly contaminated sediments, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
The state Department of Ecology is taking public comment on plans to dredge the Swinomish Channel.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposes dredging up to 400,000 cubic yards of sediment from the channel — which separates Fidalgo Island from the mainland of Skagit County — every four to six years through 2033.
The last time the channel was dredged was in 2014, Dallas Edwards of the corps’ Seattle District said.
Federal court accepts Connecticut groups’ involvement in Long Island Sound dredging suit
A federal court in New York has accepted a request by several shoreline government and industry groups to file a joint brief in a federal lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency, supporting the EPA's opening of a 1.3-square-mile area in the eastern Long Island Sound as a site for disposing of silt dredged from waterways near the Sound.
NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney says he's working with a broad Connecticut coalition to contest a lawsuit filed by New York state opposing a federal plan to allow dredged sediments to be dumped into Long Island Sound.
A project to dredge of the Housatonic River and move the material to Hammonasset State Park in Madison was completed two months ahead of schedule and under budget.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Tuesday that work that was scheduled to end March 31 was finished by the end of December.
GAY, Mich. (AP) — A dredging project in Grand Traverse Bay Harbor in Michigan's Upper Peninsula has received final approvals from government regulatory agencies.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says dredging is expected to start in May and is part of efforts to save Buffalo Reef off Gay, northwest of Marquette.
STAMFORD — They are conditions unbecoming the city’s jewel.
Stamford Harbor is over-silted, unkempt and at risk for accidents, injury and property damage, the officials who oversee it told city legislators this week.
It needs dredging and more marine police officers, and docks badly need repair, they said.
Army Corps reaches settlement over Cleveland harbor dredging
CLEVELAND (AP) — The federal agency that maintains shipping channels along Lake Erie has settled a lawsuit with the state of Ohio over the dredging of Cleveland's harbor.
Cleveland.com reports the settlement revealed in a court filing Wednesday requires the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to cover the cost of placing sediment from the harbor into containment dikes in 2016 and 2017.
Shore towns use sand dredged from inlets to widen beaches
BEACH HAVEN, N.J. (AP) — Two common problems in coastal areas — eroded beaches, and clogged inlets hazardous for boat traffic — have a mutual solution.
Coastal areas around the country are dredging clogged inlets to make them easier and safer to navigate, and using the sand they suck from the bottom to widen beaches damaged by natural erosion or serious storms.
STORM LAKE, Iowa | When the wind whipped up the shallow water on Storm Lake a couple decades ago, it created an interesting scene.
The wave action lifted sediment off the shallow lake's bottom, leading to cloudy, brown water conditions and strange-looking waves.
"We didn't have whitecaps, we had kind of like chocolate caps," said Gary Lalone, chairman of the Lake Improvement Association in Storm Lake.
New York challenging federal government over Hudson dredging
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York officials said Thursday they'll sue if the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency certifies General Electric Co.'s $1.7 billion Superfund cleanup of the upper Hudson River is complete.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, both Democrats, said the PCB dredging of a 40-mile stretch of river wasn't sufficient to protect public health and the river. The lawsuit would seek further cleanup work.
Army Corps drops appeal over 2015 dredging of Cleveland Harbor
CLEVELAND, Ohio — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dropped its challenge to a federal judge's ruling that the agency abused its discretion when it refused to dredge the six-mile Cleveland Harbor and Cuyahoga River shipping channel in 2015.
Hudson River cleanup focuses on shore after dredging ends
SCHUYLERVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — As General Electric seeks to close the books on a $1.7 billion cleanup of the upper Hudson River, a new fight is simmering over the company's legacy of toxic pollution in the region.
It started in October and cost $9.3 million.
As of Wednesday, a ship operated by the Army Corps of Engineers completed its dredging of the boat channel in the Housatonic River between Milford and Stratford. It was last dredged in 1976.
“We hope to maintain steady progress with similar projects going forward,” said Scott Bates, chairman of the Connecticut Port Authority — an agency responsible for coordinating and marketing the development of the state’s maritime economy.
Army Corps says Cuyahoga dredging done, sediment confined
CLEVELAND (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it has finished dredging the Cleveland Harbor and Cuyahoga River shipping channel and plans to work cooperatively with "our Cleveland stakeholders" going forward.
Army Corps says it’s done dredging in Cleveland for 2017, appeals court ruling over past spats with Ohio
Army Corps says it's done dredging in Cleveland for 2017, appeals court ruling over past spats with Ohio
CLEVELAND, Ohio — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Friday that it completed dredging of Cleveland Harbor and the Cuyahoga River shipping channel and claims it is now working well with Ohio officials as it works toward future dredging projects.
Dear Answer Man, what is on the bottom of Silver Lake? About 20 years ago, they dredged Silver Lake and hurriedly and conveniently brought it out and dumped it across the road from me and only yards from my neighbor at the time, on city land. My other neighbor, a farmer, asked the city if he could have it dumped on his land for topsoil. They said no, because it was contaminated. My neighbor at the time asked if he could go to the site where they were dumping it and take a sample. They told him to stay out of there.
Emergency dredging completed at Upper Peninsula harbor
LAKE LINDEN, Mich. (AP) — Michigan officials say emergency dredging has been completed in Keweenaw County to restore the Grand Traverse Harbor channel for commercial and recreational boating.
The Department of Natural Resources says 9,000 cubic yards of sand was pumped to a beach north of the harbor.
It's the fourth time since 2003 that the harbor has been dredged. The latest project cost $246,230.
Toxic sediment dredging resumes at Indiana Harbor Ship Canal
EAST CHICAGO, Ind. (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers has resumed dredging toxic sediment from a northwestern Indiana canal that is among the country's most polluted waterways.
GE to EPA: No good evidence for more Hudson River dredging
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — General Electric Co. says arguments for more dredging in the Hudson River to speed its recovery from PCB contamination are "unsupported by sound evidence."
Boston-based GE made the assertion to the federal Environmental Protection Agency as the agency considers the effectiveness of the six-year, $1.7 billion cleanup.
River mining company’s expansion plans worry neighbors
BETHLEHEM, Ind. (AP) — Some residents near a company that mines the Ohio River for sand and gravel are raising concerns about its plans to expand its southern Indiana operations.
Nugent Sand Co. wants to relocate about a quarter-mile of a road in Bethlehem, Indiana, to give it more direct access to land the company says will extend its dredging operations there for several years.
Connecticut officials are vowing to fight a lawsuit filed by New York State to block dumping contaminated sediment dredged from harbors and ports at a new Long Island Sound underwater disposal site.
“More than a decade of research and testing went into the decision for the location of the disposal site, and the science could not be clearer — open water disposal is safe and will not harm the wildlife or the water quality of the Long Island Sound,” said Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.
New York files lawsuit opposing dredge dumping in LI Sound
MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — New York state has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency opposing a plan to allow dredged sediments to be dumped into the Long Island Sound.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has threatened for more than a year to take the action announced Thursday. He and fellow Democrat Attorney General Eric Schneiderman say the EPA plan will allow tens of millions of cubic yards of dredged sediments to be dumped in the waterway that divides Long Island and Connecticut.
WHITEWATER — The Whitewater Common Council on Tuesday discussed a proposal from Parks and Recreation director Eric Boettcher to have a “drawdown” of Cravath and Trippe lakes.
Boettcher made a presentation to the council Tuesday night, seeking its input and feedback on the issue.
The council did not hold a formal vote on the matter, but after discussing it, members directed Boettcher to move forward on the drawdown plan.
NEW YORK (AP) — Environmentalists are encouraging people to attend a meeting in New York City this week about the Hudson River Superfund cleanup.
The Environmental Protection Agency is holding a meeting in Manhattan on Wednesday to discuss the agency's recent review of how well the $1.7 billion dredging project is working. In its review, the agency said that while polychlorinated biphenyl levels in fish remain high, more dredging doesn't seem necessary for now.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency will hold a third public meeting on its review of the Hudson River Superfund cleanup, this one in New York City.
The EPA says the meeting will be held in Manhattan on Aug. 19 to discuss the agency's recent review of how well the $1.7 billion dredging project is working.
WABASHA — For the first time, stakeholders who can find a different solution to the draft of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' 40-year dredge material management plan sat in a room and talked about some options.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Dredging crews left the Hudson River two years ago, but criticism of the $1.7 billion cleanup is bubbling up again.
Advocates who want the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to order crews back on the river are expected in Poughkeepsie on Wednesday night as the agency holds a public meeting on its review of the Superfund project.
EAST CHICAGO, Ind. (AP) — Northwest Indiana residents say they're fed up with toxic waste in their city.
The (Northwest Indiana) Times (http://bit.ly/2s3E2OR ) reports the Army Corps of Engineers is looking to permanently store approximately 60,000 cubic yards of toxic sediment at a disposal facility in East Chicago. The site has been used to contain such sediment dredged from the Indiana Harbor and Ship Canal since 2012.
NELSON, Wis. — More than 150 people crammed into the Nelson Community Hall across the Mississippi River from Wabasha on Tuesday to hear the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers discuss the draft of its dredge material management plan.
The Army Corps of Engineers has a problem that's 10.7 million cubic yards in size. It has a public relations challenge to match.
Editorials from around Oregon
Selected editorials from Oregon newspapers:
The Register-Guard, June 5, on suction dredging bill:
Suction dredging in Oregon waterways has long been a contentious issue, pitting environmental, recreational and fishing interests against miners.
The tension ratcheted up several years ago, when Oregon's neighbor to the south began tightening restrictions on suction dredges — gasoline-powered, raft-mounted vacuums that suck up streambed material and water in search of gold.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A $1.7 billion cleanup of the Hudson River is working so far and while PCB levels in fish remain high, more dredging doesn't seem necessary for now, federal regulators said Thursday in a review that drew harsh criticism from New York officials and environmental groups.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Suction dredge mining could be permanently banned from Western Oregon's wild salmon habitat under a bill that has passed the Oregon House.
The bill creating stream protection passed Wednesday and is awaiting Gov. Kate Brown's pledged signature, The Mail Tribune reported (http://bit.ly/2qG9NS5 ).