Sediment remediation is like a construction project on the water. It can involve large equipment, bright lights, and noise. Many projects even continue into the night and on weekends to speed up the process. Remediation will be inconvenient in the short-term, but a bit of patience results in a big payoff in the long-term.
When a cleanup begins, some areas on the water may have obstructions for days or weeks at a time. Once those targeted sediment areas are cleaned up, access to those areas will be restored.
If a funded remediation project develops, stay safe with these watercraft rules of the road:
- Stay a safe distance away from any barges, machinery, or monitoring equipment.
- Stay to the right of moving barges and tugs.
- Do not pass moving barges or tugs. Pass stationary barges or tugs in a single file line with no wake.
- Move to the far side of the navigation channel and stop motion while barges or tugs pass.
- Do not stop near a barge or tug for any reason.
Contact U.S. EPA project manager Rose Ellison (734-692-7689) to coordinate community events on the river and industrial shipping activity with cleanup efforts to minimize traffic and accessibility issues.