Each year, harbors on Ohio’s north shore must be dredged to keep the shipping channels open so commodities can move in and out of the ports. Nearly 1.5 million tons of material are dredged annually. Historically, much of the dredged material was dumped in the open waters of Lake Erie. However, with passage of Senate Bill 1, that will no longer be an option after July 1, 2020.
The program has one overall goal - to improve Lake Erie water quality by addressing potential impacts from dredged material. To meet that goal, there are two sub-goals:
- By July 2020, none of the material dredged is disposed in the open waters of Lake Erie
- By July 2025, sedimentation in the Lake Erie watershed is minimized.
Read more about the program goals and objectives. If you have ideas about how Ohio can use this valuable resource, please email us or contact Karl Gebhardt directly by phone at (614) 644-2782.