International Joint Commission
Great Lakes Water Quality Board

Sediment Remediation
Case Studies


Contaminated sediment is a major problem and well recognized in remedial action plans (RAPs) and lakewide management plans (LaMPs). During the IJC's 1995-1997 biennial priorities cycle, the Water Quality Board's Sediment Priority Action Committee (SedPAC) prepared a sediment white paper that summarized the contaminated sediment problem, specified key obstacles, identified options to address key obstacles, and presented recommendations regarding value-added contributions the IJC could make to help address current obstacles to sediment remediation. During the IJC's 1997-1999 biennial priorities cycle, SedPAC will be undertaking projects on: economic and environmental benefits of sediment remediation; and guidance for making decisions regarding management of contaminated sediment. In an effort to communicate information in a timely fashion, three case studies on environmental benefits of sediment remediation are presented here. Additional work is underway under the direction of SedPAC. For more information, please contact the IJC's Great Lakes Regional Office.