Update on Cleanup Work at Former Tannery

Over the past two weeks, Wolverine has made significant progress on the cleanup work at its former tannery site in Rockford. This work is described in detail here and here, and shown on this map.

We have completed excavating and are in the process of backfilling most of the areas located south of Rum Creek, and have begun excavating the areas located north of Rum Creek. For those two areas, labeled N1 and N2 and shown in orange on the map, we are using sheet piling to construct temporary cofferdams in the Rogue River. Also, we are using silt curtains to prevent the migration of sediment or other material from the site into the river.

Some photos of the work performed this week are included at the end of this post. To help track the work, here is a chart showing the material we anticipate excavating from each area, and the current status of our activities:

Area Material Status (11/15/19)
S1 Soil Excavation in progress
S2 Soil Excavation complete
S3 Soil Excavation complete
S4 Soil Excavation in progress
S5 Sediment Excavation in progress
S6 Sediment Excavation complete
S7 Soil Excavation in progress
N1 Soil, Leather Scraps, Hides Excavation in progress
N2 Soil, Leather Scraps, Hides Excavation anticipated to start in late November

We will continue keeping the community informed through regular updates on this blog, www.WeAreWolverine.com, and through information posted at kiosks and in other locations accessible to the public.  As always, residents with questions are encouraged to contact Wolverine directly at HouseStreet@wwwinc.com or (616) 866-5627.

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