The Toledo Shipping Channel is the most heavily dredged port in the Great Lakes. Each year massive barges haul up to one million cubic yards of mud and debris, scooped from the bottom of Lake Erie at the mouth of the Maumee River, to elsewhere in the lake and to confined disposal facilities. â€œA minor portionâ€ of dredged material is â€œbeneficially used,â€ according to a sediment management plan supplied to the Toledo Harbor Dredge Task Force in 2012.
Thatâ€™s a missed opportunity, say some environmental advocates and landscape architects like Sean Burkholder, a professor of landscape and urban design at SUNY/University of Buffalo. In February heâ€™s calling for entrants to theÂ North Coast Design CompetitionÂ to help re-envision Toledoâ€™s waterfront. This year’s competition is called â€œDesigning Dredge.â€