The next meeting of the Duck Otter Creeks Partnership will be in the fall of 2012
Duck and Otter Creeks Great Lakes Legacy Act Data Gap Investigation Report - Final Report on studies page.
Background: A comprehensive review of the physical, chemical, and biological stressors in Duck and Otter Creeks was conducted to evaluate if the sediment contaminants are adversely affecting the biological communities of these streams.
This information fills data gaps from previous studies. The sampling was conducted with the oversight The Duck and Otter Creek Industrial Partners (DOCIP), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) Great Lakes National Program Office (GLNPO).
The project objectives include:
Determine the extent of contamination in both surface and subsurface sediments;
Verify sediment toxicity and identify cause(s), to the extent practicable within the
constraints of this data gap investigation;
Evaluate whether sediment contaminants are bioaccumulating in benthic
invertebrates and fish at levels likely to contribute significantly to the
degradation of benthos and fish populations;
Evaluate habitat resources; and
Collect data to support development of a feasibility study (evaluation of remedial
and restoration options to protect human health and the environment and to
advance progress toward delisting of beneficial use impairments), if one is found
to be necessary.
This presentation is part of a public education and outreach program sponsored by the Duck Otter Creek Partnership. Comments received at this presentation will be shared with the Duck Otter Creek Partners and USEPA and OEPA.