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EPA Announces Plan to Advance Detroit River Cleanup

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has signed a $2.5 million agreement to design a project that will remediate contaminated sediment and create a substantial new habitat at the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Centennial Park, a waterfront park being developed in Detroit.

The contaminated sediment is within the Detroit River Area of Concern (AOC), identified by the United States and Canada as one of 43 toxic hotspots in the Great Lakes basin.

Work will be funded through a Great Lakes Legacy Act cost-sharing partnership with the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy.

“EPA is proud to play a part in the revitalization of Detroit’s waterfront by partnering with the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy to remove legacy contamination, improve habitat and boost economic growth along the Detroit River,” said EPA Region 5 Administrator/Great Lakes National Program Manager Kurt Thiede“This exciting project advances our efforts to restore the Detroit River Area of Concern and is yet another example of progress being made under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.”

The project agreement allows EPA to evaluate and develop a plan to remediate contaminated sediment along the shoreline of the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Centennial Park, a 22-acre site located between Rosa Parks Boulevard and Eighth Street along the Detroit Riverfront.

Work will also include habitat restoration in a cove that will provide important fisheries habitat for the AOC.

The Detroit Riverfront Conservancy has agreed to contribute nearly $900,000 to the total project cost of $2.5 million.