Swan Creek Sediment Project

Project – Swan Creek

In 2011, a Great Lakes Legacy Act (GLLA) sediment site characterization sampling project to assess the sediment in the lower two (2) miles of Swan Creek was conducted. In 2013, a follow-up sampling event was conducted in the lower four (4) miles of the creek. Primary contaminants include polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) and Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAH).

Project Location

The Swan Creek Contaminated Sediment Project Area is approximately two (2) miles of lower Swan Creek and extends from downstream of Hawley Street to the Maumee River and its river mouth banks.  Two studies indicated that Swan Creek sediments were contaminated by oil and grease, mercury, heavy metals, Diesel Range Organics (DRO), Oil Range Organics (ORO), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB), Semi-Volatile Organic Compounds (SVOC), and Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAH).

Project Benefits

• Reduce or remove impairments negatively affected aquatic communities.
• Improve overall environmental health and usability of this area.

Project Objectives

• Determine if the cleanup of contaminated sediment is warranted and if so, clean up/removal of contaminated sediments.
• Improve water quality, habitat, and biological communities.
• Encourage economic redevelopment and reuse of the area.

Project Partners

Ohio EPA and U.S. EPA are working with community partners and other federal, state, and local governmental agencies to evaluate and cleanup any contaminated sediments (as appropriate) utilizing the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) and other non-federal funding.

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