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Can Activated Carbon be Used to Treat Dredged Sediments?

Posted on November 5, 2015

By Andrew Kornacki, dvids

The mission of dredging harbors and connecting federal navigation channels along Lake Erie and Lake Ontario is the responsibility of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Buffalo District and is vital to the functionality of the Great Lakes Navigation System (GLNS) and the overall U.S. economy.

While dredging has been taking place for hundreds of years, the management of dredged sediment is among the top Great Lakes priorities and challenges. Adding to the challenge is that portions of dredged sediments contain contamination that can have a negative impact on the aquatic environment if not managed properly. There are a number of potential sources of sediment contamination including: municipal and industrial discharges, urban and agricultural runoff, sewer overflows, and atmospheric deposition


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