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Hog Island Legacy Act Cleanup

St. Louis River Area of Concern

The sediment cleanup at Hog Island, Superior Wisconsin is complete. The $6.3 million project involved digging up and disposing of over 50,000 cubic yards of petroleum-contaminated sediment (mud) and soil from Newton Creek and parts of Hog Island Inlet.

The banks of the creek and inlet were landscaped to prevent erosion. The result will be a healthier habitat for fish and other aquatic life, and the inlet will be safe for recreation.

Approximately $4.1 million of the funds to pay for this project were provided by the Great Lakes Legacy Act. The act authorizes $270 million over a five-year period to clean up contaminated sediment in Great Lakes toxic hot spots called "Areas of Concern." Newton Creek and Hog Island Inlet are part of the St. Louis River AOC. This is the second Great Lakes Legacy Act project. The first was a project to remove contaminated sediment from Black Lagoon, part of the Detroit River in Trenton, Michigan

The state of Wisconsin and other parties are providing 35 percent of the project's cost, or about $2.2 million. These are non-federal matching funds required by the Legacy Act.

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