EPA says Tittabawassee river cleanup is speeding up

The Environmental Protection Agency says by the end of 2016, it will be halfway done with cleanup of the Tittabawassee river.

Mary Logan is a spokeswoman for the EPA.

She said the cleanup is running ahead of schedule.

“Segment 1 and Segment 2 each took 2 years of construction. Because of the limitations on when we can work, and water elevations in the Winter and Spring. We are gonna be beginning cleanup work on Segment 3 in June. I am hoping that we accelerate the pace, we’ve learned a lot from the previous cleanups, so we’re going to try and get it all done in one year.”

Logan said the EPA is already planning the next two segments.

“EPA promised the public, back in 2010, that we would have continuous construction in and along the river every year, and we’ve been doing that and we’ve been making really good progress. This coming year we’ve decided to lump together segments 4 and 5, and we expect to go out to the public with a plan for those later in 2016.”

Work is scheduled to begin on segment 3 in June, and wrap up by November.