ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS OF
CONTAMINATED SEDIMENT
REMEDIATION IN THE
GREAT LAKES BASIN

Prepared by: Michael A. Zarull, John H. Hartig, and Lisa Maynard
Sediment Priority Action Committee
Great Lakes Water Quality Board

August, 1999


Foreword

In recognition of the scope of the contaminated sediment problem and the limited progress in addressing it, the International Joint Commission (IJC) has identified contaminated sediment as a program priority. The IJC assigned this priority to the Great Lakes Water Quality Board (WQB) with support from the Science Advisory Board (SAB) and the Council of Research Managers (CRM). The Sediment Priority Action Committee (SedPAC) was formed from agency experts, as well as WQB, SAB, and CRM members, to carry out this work (Appendix A). During the 1995-1997 biennial cycle, SedPAC (1997) prepared a white paper which summarized the contaminated sediment problem, specified key obstacles to sediment remediation, 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 1997-1999 biennial cycle, SedPAC has been: