Since 1998 the EPA and MDEQ have been working on the cleanup of the Pine River in St. Louis. Contaminated by the former Michigan Chemical and Velsicol Chemical plants the Pine River required over $100 million in funding that included installation of sheet piling, dewatering and dredging operations that are to be completed in 2006. This form of dry excavation has resulted in a better, more complete cleanup than previously envisioned, in part due to the oversight of a strong community presence. The 53-acre Superfund Site (former chemical plant site) itself is in the process of being evaluated and a remediation plan devised. A map of the proposed reuse of the site is shown below. The link below has more information including a history and timeline of events related to the chemical plant and the river cleanup. The site is run by Alma College and the Pine River Superfund Citizen Task Force, a Community Advisory Group (CAG) that has been instrumental in partnering with the City of St. Louis, EPA and MDEQ to facilitate this massive project. It is the hope of the City and broader community that the former chemical site will be cleaned to a condition that allows unlimited reuse and access to a river offering many recreational opportunities.
Click Here to View the Pine River Task Force Home Page