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Great Lakes Upland Testing and Evaluation for Beneficial Use
The project objective was to build regional consensus on technical guidance for
testing and evaluating dredged material and to incorporate such guidance into
draft manual to be used by state resource agencies to evaluate the potential
impacts of proposed projects involving beneficial use of dredged material in
All elements of this project built on the technical and policy work undertaken
by the Great Lakes Commission's Beneficial Use Task Force, the U.S. Army Corps
of Engineers and the Great Lakes Dredging Team (GLDT).
Project deliverables included the following: a detailed work plan; an annotated
bibliography (.pdf); and a briefing
paper (.pdf) that includes recommended testing and evaluation
methods and procedures as well as a detailed scope of work for preparing the
upland beneficial use testing and evaluation manual.
This project involved four primary tasks:
- Establish Project Management Team
The Great Lakes Commission assembled a Project Management Team (PMT) comprised
of experts from relevant state and federal resource/environmental agencies,
including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps) and the U.S EPA, among
others. The GLDT served in an advisory capacity to the project management team,
overseeing the process and products developed under this project. The Great
Lakes Commission served as the project secretariat to the PMT. State and federal
experts on the PMT worked closely with the project secretariat in developing
the project deliverables, including contents and format.
State-led participation in developing project materials was important to ensure
that the final products complemented existing policies
and could be incorporated into new policies where necessary.
- Develop Detailed Work Plan
Significant state participation and federal technical assistance was required
for this project. A detailed work plan helped to ensure effective project implementation.
- Literature Review and Annotated
Information on dredged material testing and evaluation for upland applications
were assembled from a variety of sources and compiled into an annotated
bibliography. Sources included technical documents developed by state
agencies, WES, private consultants and agencies and organizations from abroad.
Examples include the National Upland Manual (USACE, WES, in preparation), which
focuses on all types of upland placement of dredged material (e.g., disposal
as well as beneficial uses) and documents from the Wisconsin PCB Soil Criteria
Group, which is using procedures to evaluate risks posed by PCBs in soils.
Published and unpublished documents containing accepted evaluation techniques,
including risk assessment procedures and laboratory/field data, have been included.
- Development of the Dredged Material
Testing and Evaluation Guidance Manual for Upland Beneficial Use (.pdf)
After relevant information was assembled into the annotated bibliography,
conference calls and in-person briefings were held to discuss the methods
and procedures identified through Task #3. The PMT then determined which
procedures and techniques have the greatest potential for application among Great
Lakes jurisdictions. Project staff will sought consensus on those methods and
procedures for inclusion in a testing and evaluation manual for upland
uses. This manual includes recommended testing and