Park Point dredge material cleanup efforts continue |

Park Point dredge material cleanup efforts continue

Park Point dredge material cleanup efforts continue Photo: WDIO-TV

Ryan Juntti
Updated: March 18, 2021 10:03 AM
Created: March 17, 2021 09:15 PM

Duluth leaders and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are working to finalize a plan to clean up aluminum cans accidentally dumped on Minnesota Point.

As the weather warms, Park Point will be a popular place, and with the summer rush coming, some residents are concerned about the can fragments still on the beach.

Decades-old pop and beer cans and can fragments were discovered last year on Park Point.

This happened after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers placed 49,000 cubic yards of dredge material on Minnesota Point last August and September.

The City of Duluth had requested this be done as part of annual harbor dredging, to help restore the eroded beach.

On Wednesday, Dawn Buck, who lives on Park Point showed WDIO News the fragments of aluminum and other garbage she says has collected over the past year.

Buck advises beachgoers to use caution this summer as it still has to be determined how much debris was dumped.  

"We should tell our beachgoers to be careful. If you're digging in the sand, be aware that you might hit some sharp objects, wear water shoes, watch your pets. Be ready to maybe bring a first aid kit," said Buck. 

Buck says the Park Point Community Club, and the city are asking the Corps of Engineers to install warning signs.

"The city reached out to the community club, and asked for some feedback, and we agreed we need a better timeline. We need more specifics about how it's going to get done, and we need some signs up as soon as possible. I think the request is, this has been going on a long time, and it's time to get on it right now," said Buck.

Preliminary details of a plan to clean up the beach were posted online by groups not directly involved in the talks.

“It is unfortunate that the plan was made public ahead of the document being finalized. The City and the Army Corps of Engineers looks forward to presenting the final plan to the public as soon as we are able,” the City of Duluth sent in an emailed statement.

"Public safety is the Corps of Engineers' number one priority," U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Public Affairs Chief Bill Dowell said.


Ryan Juntti

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