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Great Lakes Watershed Sediment Contamination Database

"NOAA will expand its existing Great Lakes Query Manager database to include sediment-related environmental contamination data from sites in the Great Lakes and Great Lakes Tributaries. Data will be compiled from States and other partners. The database will serve as a centralized repository for Great Lakes data and will facilitate easy comparison or aggregation of data across studies, thereby helping to expedite the development, implementation, and monitoring of sediment cleanup and restoration projects throughout the Basin. Data query and delivery tools will be enhanced and coupled with outreach, communication and training. The objective of expanding the database and refining the user interface is to provide a comprehensive tool for Great Lakes practitioners that supports remedial and restoration planning that will help expedite cleanup and restoration of AOCs and delisting of Areas of Concern beneficial use impairments. 
 This project helps expedite the remedial and restoration actions necessary to delist AOC beneficial use impairments by aggregating contaminated sediment-related data in a consistent, comparable format from multiple sources for all AOCs. The expansion of NOAA’s existing Great Lakes Query Manager database will expedite the evaluation and design of Great Lakes Legacy Act projects. Similarly, data are routinely used throughout the Great Lakes at Superfund sites in investigation and sample plan design, ecological risk assessment, cleanup level derivation, development and evaluation of remedial alternatives, development of mitigation strategies, sediment and soil remediation design--including time-critical removal actions, natural resource damage assessment (pathway evaluation, injury determination, restoration project development, and scaling damages), and long-term effectiveness monitoring programs and other management activities needed to cleanup and restore the Great Lakes ecosystem. 

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