Design of Monroe Harbor, MI Confined Disposal Facility

by Philip B. McCallister, US Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering Div, Detroit, MI, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Dredging and Dredged Material Disposal


Confined disposal of polluted maintenance dredgings in the Great Lakes was authorized due to the 'closed system' nature of the receiving waters. Each harbor judged to be polluted would receive a confined disposal facility of sufficient capacity to accept ten years of dredgings. Monroe Harbor, MI backlogged and future dredgings are estimated at 4. 2 million cubic yards of polluted sediments containing, among other contaminants, significant levels of PCBs. Sterling State Park, on Lake Erie was the selected site for a number of reasons, resulting in unusual and difficult design and construction considerations, but also providing unusual opportunities to realize beneficial use of the dredged materials.

Subject Headings: Dredged materials | Building design | Construction sites | Construction materials | Water pollution | Water resources | Maintenance | Harbor facilities | Lake Erie | Great Lakes | Michigan | United States

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