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Indiana Harbor And Ship Canal Dredging Resumes

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Army Corps of Engineers contractors will resume dredging the bottom of the Indiana Harbor and Ship Canal in East Chicago next week.   The Canal is one of the busiest ports by tonnage and the number-one area of contamination in the Great Lakes.

A special confined disposal site is in place for the contaminated sediment that accumulated in the Canal over the past 40 years … and crews started cleaning out the channel.  The Corps of Engineers says over the next eight to 10 years, this project will produce an estimated 1.8 million cubic yards of dredged materials.

Contractors and Corps of Engineers representatives will reveal this year’s dredging schedule on Wednesday evening at 5 o’clock at a public meeting at East Chicago City Hall.  The project also includes regular maintenance dredging once the backlog clean-out is finished.


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