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Public Advisory Council (PAC) Red Run

Clinton River Public Advisory Council Special Meeting
Meeting Minutes, November 1, 2012

GLRI Funding and AOC Program Overview,
John Perrecone EPA-GLNPO

EPA-GLNPO AOC Program is working to complete all management actions necessary for delisting 4 AOCs in 2012 and 5 AOCs by 2014. 33 BUIs have been removed out of a total of 256. FY 12 Priority AOCs: Ashtabula, River Raisin, Sheboygan River, and White Lake. FY 13-14 Priority AOCs: Deer Lake, Manistique River, St. Clair River, St. Marys River and Waukegan Harbor.
Since the implementation of the GLRI there has been a significant increase in the number of BUIs removed. Now moving into the 3rd funding cycle, EPA has created a process for identifying priority AOCs and a framework for funding of the
AOC Program. PACs need to work closely with their state AOC Coordinators to assess needs of the AOC to get to delisting. The AOC Coordinator than shares this information with EPA and its other federal partners to make funding decisions. Funding resources are limited and not all projects can be funded. PACs need to work with their AOC Coordinator to create targeted list of projects that will get the AOC closest to delisting. Other projects that are not crucial to delisting may be funded as a “life after delisting” project through other funding sources (i.e. watershed grants, foundation grants, etc.).
No longer a staged approach for RAPS.
Changes to the RAPs with the updated GLWQA:
• Identify BUIs and causes
• Set criteria for restoration of BUIs
• Identify remedial measures including who will implement them
• Summarize implemented measures and the status of the BUI
• Describe the monitoring program to track progress and verify BUI removal
• RAPs should be periodically updated and shared with the IJC and other parties.
Presentation attached.

Sediment Assessment Report
for the Lower Clinton River,
Sue Virgilio, EPA-GLNPO

EPA-GLNPO completed a Great Lakes Legacy Act Site Characterization for the Lower Clinton River in 2011-2012. The purpose of the site characterization was to evaluate the nature and extent of contaminants in sediment, evaluate hot spots or areas for future investigation, evaluate on-going sources of contaminants, and conduct preliminary habitat assessments for future restoration. Results of the site characterization are related to the sediment associated BUIs: Degradation of Benthos, Fish Consumption Restrictions, and Dredging Restrictions.
Samples were collected in October 2011 with 60 sediment core locations; six locations included habitat assessments. The sediment analysis included parameters for metals, PAHs, PCBs, pesticides, and TOC. In total there were 202 sample results for each chemical parameter. The sediment chemistry results were then compared to the Probable Effects Concentration (PEC) which is the screening level concentration for benthic communities. The sediment chemistry results reflected the following:
• No locations with pesticides > PEC
• 49 locations with at least one parameter > PEC
• One PCB sample result > 1 ppm (Location 9, 4.4 ppm)
Sites slated for sediment clean-up have concentrations greater than the results found in the Lower Clinton River:
• 339 samples > PEC, but
• 235 samples PEC are at depth and are not within the surface sediments (biologically active zone). Only nine locations in the surface sediments were > PEC:
• 3 sites total PAHs
• 1 site total PCBs
• 5 sites metals
However, when using Surface Weighted Average Concentrations (SWACs) where the samples are averaged for the site to evaluate potential impacts all SWACs < PEC.
In addition to the sediment characterization, a Quantitative Habitat Evaluation Index (QHEI) was used to measure the physical factors that affect the habitat of fish and benthic communities. Of the QHEI results the site average score was 35.6 = poor quality habitat.
Presentation is attached.

MDEQ Statewide Assessment of
the Dredging BUI for the Clinton River,
Stephanie Swart, MDEQ

A review of sediment data was conducted in accordance with the MDEQ Guidance for Delisting Tier 1 Dredging BUI removal criteria which considers the BUI restored when there have been no restrictions on dredging by the USACE in the navigational channel such that special handling or use of a confined disposal facility is required for dredge spoils. Based on 2008 USACE sampling data the Clinton River sediments in the navigational channel do not meet the criteria for BUI removal.
The sediment data was then evaluated in accordance with the MDEQ Guidance for Delisting Tier 2 Dredging BUI removal criteria which considers the BUI restored when a comparison of sediment data in the AOC indicates that the contamination levels are not statistically different from other comparable, non-AOC navigational channels. For this evaluation the Clinton River sediment data was compared to that of Lake St. Clair. The Clinton River metal concentrations differed significantly from those of Lake St. Clair. However, after additional review of the data comparisons by the technical committee it was found that these comparisons may not be statistically accurate and the MDEQ has requested assistance from EPA in further evaluating the comparison sampling data.

Lower Clinton River
Fish Tissue Sampling Data,
Kevin Goodwin and Joe Bohr, MDEQ

To further support the sediment characterization findings MDEQ fish biologists reviewed fish tissue data trends in the Clinton River. The most recent PCB concentration data for Rock Bass was collected in 2004 at the Clinton River at Ryan Road. The data reflects a higher concentration of PCBs than those in similar waterbodies however the data is limited to only fish of approximately 8
inches in size so a more diversified sampling pool would be recommended for any future monitoring. However, PCB concentration data from Rock Bass collected in 2004 compared to data collected in 1994 at the same location shows a significant decrease in PCB concentrations over time. Again, the size range of the 2004 fish was limited and additional monitoring would be required.
PCB concentrations in carp in the Clinton River at Ryan Road in 2004 compared to Huron River and Lake Erie in 2006 show similar concentrations between the AOC and the comparable waterbodies. The 2004 PCB concentrations in carp were also compared to Lake St. Clair carp in 2001 and showed lower PCB concentrations overall however the size of the fish was limited and further sampling would be required.
PCB concentration data in northern pike in Stony Creek Impoundment from 2008 showed concentrations similar to those of Lake St. Clair in 2010. However, a significant decrease in PCB concentrations was observed in the 2008 data when compared to data in in the Stony Creek Impoundment from 1989.
In addition to observing lower concentrations overall much of the more recent data also falls further below the MDCH screening values for fish consumption. It is apparent that additional monitoring is needed to fill in data gaps to provide sound science in making any further assessments. MDEQ and MDCH will continue to pursue collecting this much needed data.
Presentation is attached.

Next Steps
EPA and MDEQ will work to pursue future monitoring needs that will address any data gaps. MDEQ will also continue work on the statewide assessment of dredging restrictions in the navigational channel. The PAC will be updated with any new findings as they come available.

USACE Red Run Sediment
Sampling Analysis from 2010,
Mike Alexander, MDEQ

In May of 2010 the USACE conducted sediment sampling and analysis from eight locations within the Red Run Drain for estimating environmental impacts of disposal activities in conjunction with a concurrent storm water project. The sample collection method that was expected to be used was to advance a hand-driven sediment sampler to collect one sample at the eight different locations. However, this method was proven ineffective due to the quantity of rock and debris that did not allow the sampler to be advanced. Therefore, the eight samples were collected using a spade to expose the shoal material where the samples could then be collected from the exposed walls of the hole. Due to the high sand and gravel loadings in this very flashy drain the MDEQ feels that this type of “grab” sampling is not an adequate method for determining the characterization of the sediments of the Red Run Drain. To fully and accurately
characterize the sediments the MDEQ will be requesting approval for a full site characterization of the Red Run Drain to allow for future decision making and potential remediation.
Fish Sampling Data and/or Data Gaps in the Red Run Drain, Kevin Goodwin and Joe Bohr, MDEQ
At this time there is no relatively current fish sampling data from the Red Run Drain. The MDEQ will pursue future monitoring efforts to fill this data gap.

Next Steps

Request for site characterization
and fish sampling in the Red Run Drain by the MDEQ.
NOAA Support and Assistance, Terry Heatlie, NOAA

NOAA is currently working with the Macomb County Public Works Office on the Clinton River Spillway Enhancement Project as well as with Macomb County and the Huron Clinton Metropark Authority on the Lake St. Clair Metro Park Coastal Wetland Restoration Project. It is expected that NOAA will be announcing a request for proposals in Nov-Dec for a regional partnership grant.
Clinton River AOC Path to Delisting, John Perrecone, EPA-GLNPO; Jeff Edstrom, ECT
EPA-GLNPO is offering the assistance of Jeff Edstrom from ECT to work with the Clinton River PAC in creating a delisting work plan for the AOC that would get the AOC to delisting within 6-8 years. ECT has worked with the Maumee and Sheboygan AOCs on similar tasks. The mechanism for this work would be a review of the current MDEQ project tracking matrix using a query system to answer whether or not a project addresses remedial recovery or does it remove a BUI. It is expected that this data management system would than allow the Clinton River PAC to create a short list of projects that EPA-GLNPO could potentially fund that would get the AOC closest to delisting. ECT has a service contract with EPA-GLNPO so this work would be at no cost to the PAC. It is expected that ECT, the PAC leadership and the AOC Coordinator would work cohesively to produce the final product for full PAC approval. It was agreed by most PAC members in attendance that this would be a useful project to better allocate future funding resources.
Presentation is attached.

Questions/Open Discussion
Mark Richards, PAC Chair
thanked the agencies for their work
and for the information provided.
Meeting adjourned @ 5:15PM
Meeting Notes: J. Tewkesbury

In attendance, including on phone:
Mark Richardson – Chair, MCPD
Anne Vaara- Administrator, CRWC
Lynne Seymour – MCPWO
Rob Myllyoja- HRC
Shawn Keenan – City of Auburn Hills
Terry Heatlie, NOAA
John Perrecone, EPA-GLNPO
Marc Tuchman, EPA-GLNPO
Sue Virgilio, EPA-GLNPO
Sanjiv Sinha, ECT
Tim Pollizzi, City of Rochester Hills
Amanda Oparka, CRWC
Jeremy Geist- CRWC
Ron Fadoir, OCWRC
Jeff Edstrom, ECT
Terry Gibb, MSU Extension
Chip Thomas, ECT
Matt Doss, Great Lakes Commission
Amanda Priemer, MCPEP
Gerry Santoro, MCPEP
William Bohlen, City of Rochester
Stephanie Swart, MDEQ
Kevin Goodwin, MDEQ
Joe Bohr, MDEQ
Mike Alexander, MDEQ
Rick Hobrla, MDEQ
Sam Noffke, MDEQ
Jen Tewksbury- MDEQ

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