DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has signed a $2.5 million agreement to design a project to remediate contaminated sediment and create a substantial new habitat at a riverfront park being developed in Detroit.
The contaminated sediment at the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Centennial Park is within the Detroit River Area of Concern and identified by the U.S. and Canada as one of 43 toxic hot spots in the Great Lakes basin, according to the EPA.
The project agreement allows the EPA to evaluate and develop a plan along the shoreline of the 22-acre (9-hectare) site along the city’s west riverfront.
Work will be funded through a Great Lakes Legacy Act cost-sharing partnership with the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy which has agreed to contribute nearly $900,000 to project’s cost.
Featured image: Detroit RiverWalk. Photo courtesy of the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy via John Hartig.