Grand Calumet River

The Grand Calumet River and Indiana Harbor and Canal (Calumet waterways) contain 5 to 10 million cubic yards (3.9 to 7.7 million cubic meters) of contaminated sediment up to 20 feet (6 m) deep (EPA, 2008). Contaminants include toxic compounds (e.g., PAHs, PCBs and heavy metals) as well as more conventional pollutants from industrial and urban runoff (e.g., phosphorus, nitrogen, iron, magnesium, solids, oil and grease). Historically, the Grand Calumet River supported highly diverse, unique ecological communities. The urban and industrial land uses and associated pollution have degraded the environment and impaired many desired uses of the area, including many identified beneficial uses.

Many agencies and stakeholders are working in the Calumet waterways region to study, assess, plan, and implement restoration and remediation plans in an attempt to restore many of the beneficial uses of the area by remediating the many contamination issues. Below, a few links are provided to available resources and information available from those working to restore the Grand Calumet River and Indiana Harbor and Canal.

Agencies and Stakeholders

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - East Chicago Waterway Management District 
Indiana Department of Natural Resources
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
U.S. Department of the Interior
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
U.S. EPA - Great Lakes National Program Office
CARE (Citizens Advisory for the Remediation of the Environment) Committee
Friends of Gibson Woods
Nature Conservancy

Online Resources

US FWS: Grand Calumet River Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA)
NRDA Sediment Injury Report - Executive Summary
NRDA Sediment Injury Report
NRDA Groundwater Injury Report
Contaminated Sediments Summary (IDEM)
IDEM: Grand Calumet River Restoration Fund Council
EPA: Grand Calumet River Area of Concern

Info to know

Remediation efforts are underway in many areas of the LakeRim region in northwestern Indiana.