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EPA and MPCA announce $16 million sediment cleanup in the St. Louis River Area of Concern

Ponds Behind Erie Pier

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Minnesota Pollution Control Agency have signed a $16 million project agreement to remediate contaminated sediment in the “ponds behind Erie Pier,” two backwater ponds surrounded by shallow marsh wetlands in Duluth, Minnesota.

EPA and MPCA will fund the sediment remediation work through a Great Lakes Legacy Act cost-sharing partnership. Under the project agreement, MPCA will contribute up to $5.6 million of the total estimated project cost of $16 million. The project is slated to begin early summer 2021 with the help of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Read the full EPA news release