Lake Michigan Toxin Total Maximum Daily Load Development

Location: Illinois

Michael Baker International is providing technical services for a two-phase project supporting the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Action Plan. Michael Baker’s services include project management, evaluation of approaches to establish total maximum daily loads (TMDL) for polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) and mercury for Illinois near-shore and open waters of Lake Michigan, the development of final TMDLs for these areas; report preparation, and public involvement. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Action Plan, launched in 2010, is an effort by 11 federal agencies to restore and protect the waters of the U.S. Great Lakes. The initiative consists of more than 2,000 projects in five specific focus areas. The first of these focus areas is toxic substances and areas of concern, and the goals of this focus area include pollution prevention and cleanup of the most polluted areas in the Great Lakes. Under a three-year indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity agreement to provide technical support for assessment and watershed protection, Michael Baker International is developing TMDLs for mercury and PCBs for numerous Lake Michigan water bodies and beaches in Illinois.

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