Current Status

USACE is conducting an engineering evaluation and cost analysis (EE/CA). Future activities include a public comment period and site closure in accordance with CERCLA requirements. Some excavation/removal or soil capping activities are anticipated.

Due to the proximity of Parcel J to several apartment complexes, fencing was installed in December 2020 to restrict public access and neighbors were notified of pending activities. USACE is leading both efforts with advice and consultation from WDNR and USEPA.

Project Description and Background

Two parcels of land in Kaukauna, Wisconsin, were determined to have extensive lead contamination in the soil.  They are both part of the Fox River, WI project.

Parcel J and adjacent sites have elevated levels of lead believed to be from a historic rail maintenance yard.

The Dry Dock #3 parcel is directly adjacent to a previously remediated site and the lead contamination extends into the Dry Dock boundary area.

The purpose of the site investigations was to develop and execute sampling plans for both parcels to determine the presence, extent, and levels of lead contamination. Working in conjunction with Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), sampling plans were executed to assist in determination whether additional site work is required.

Per the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signed on September 11, 2000, by the Wisconsin Governor, the Secretary of the WDNR, and the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, the US government is responsible for environmental restoration of properties given to the state.

The project is being executed in accordance with CERCLA, 42 U.S.C. 9601 et seq.

Project Authorization

Flood Control Act of 1938

Project Manager

David Dunn

Project Location

City of Kaukauna, Outagamie County, Wisconsin

Project Area / Photos

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