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A Shift in Direction – Seaway Expansion Formally Rejected!

August 2nd, 2011 | Posted by admin

In 1999, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began a study to determine the feasibility of expanding the Seaway to accommodate movement of larger shipping vessels through the Seaway. (Visit our Navigation Study page for more background.)

The expansion of the Seaway would mean the destruction of miles of fragile habitat, re-suspension of polluted sediments and exacerbate the introduction of invasive species into the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River.

Today – more than ten years later, the Corps finally, formally removed these expansion options from the report, thereby removing the recommendation to further study the idea of Seaway expansion. This change signals a significant shift in direction, and an opportunity for the region to rally behind a healthy future for the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River!

Download our backgrounder – Seaway Expansion and the Great Lakes Navigation System Review – for more information on the history of the issue and a summary of the current report. Or, download the full U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Supplemental Reconnaissance Study.

Take Action

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is holding a public comment period, which ends August 31, 2011. Download an action alert that includes details on how to submit comments to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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