Lake Superior Barrels Project Community Updates

For Immediate Release:


Gary Defoe Jr. Project Manager                          Frank K. Koehn

88455 Pike Road                                                             619 17th Ave. West

Bayfield WI 54814                                                            Ashland, WI 54844

Phone: 715-779-3650                                                Phone: 218.341.8822                          

Lake Superior Barrels Project

Update Presentations

November 24th    Duluth Public Library – Duluth, MN

December 2nd Silver Bay Library – Silver Bay, MN

December 16th Two Harbors Public Library – Two Harbors, MN 

 All programs 6:00 – 7:30 PM

Since the mid 1990’s, the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa has been researching and conducting investigations on approximately 1,450 55-gallon barrels dumped into Gichigami (Lake Superior) by the US Army between 1959 and 1962 in collaboration with the Army Corp of Engineers (ACOE), and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). It is the goal and responsibility of the Red Cliff Band to fully characterize the type and extent of Department of Defense (DoD) wastes, which may have impacts on the natural resources within the Ceded Territory. The Red Cliff Band is dedicated to working with federal agencies to clean up, restore and protect the ecosystems of the Ceded Territory. The Red Cliff Band is also committed to the economy, natural resources, and cultural uses within Chippewa Ceded Territory and to determine if further remedial work is required to preserve and protect the rich natural resources of Gichigami (Lake Superior).

Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa has a Cooperative Agreement (CA) with Army Corp of Engineers (USACOE) to provide an update to area stakeholders who also have a vested interest and concern in this project. A PowerPoint program will be presented and also any questions that may arise will be answered. These informational sessions are open to the public.