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Farm Field Application of Toledo Harbor Dredge Material

Request for Proposals available for Farm Field Application of Toledo Harbor Dredge Material Demonstration Project

Lucas Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) is seeking proposals to conduct a demonstration project for the farm field application of Toledo Harbor dredge material obtained from the Dredged Material Center of Innovation and beneficially used on a working farm in Northwest Ohio.  The RFP is available on the Lucas SWCD website.  Lucas SWCD is specifically looking for a demonstration project of a side-by-side comparison of corn or soybean crop yield between two adjacent test plots of farm fields, one of which will need to have been amended with Toledo Harbor dredge material prior to crop planting.

The Dredged Material Center of Innovation was constructed by the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority using $2.5 million obtained through the Ohio Healthy Lake Erie Fund to:

  • Establish a model demonstration site for beneficial use of dredged sediment research;
  • Provide innovative edge of field research for agricultural runoff impact reductions; and 
  • Provide dredge material for beneficial use for agronomic benefit and as a soil amendment.

View the Final Project Summary Report for the Great Lakes Dredged Material Center of Innovation June 2018 

View the Phase II Post-Placement Dredged Material Sampling Results for the Great Lakes Dredge Material Center of Innovations March 201800

View the Material Certification Plan for the Great Lakes Dredged Material Center of Innovation May 2018

View the Fact Sheet for the Great Lakes Dredged Material Center of Innovation 2018

OLEC funded two research projects, one through  Bowling Green State University and one through Wright State University, that successfully demonstrated the agricultural benefits of using the Toledo Harbor dredge material as a soil amendment in greenhouse and test field experiments at the Center of Innovation:

View the BGSU published dredge material researchdredge material research presentation from BGSUFact Sheet 1 and Fact Sheet 2 from BGSU 

View the dredge material research from WSU

For more information on the Dredge Material Program, Toledo Harbor, and the Dredged Material Center of Innovation, please visit the OLEC Dredge Material Program page.