Sand Point Brownfield Remediation & Habitat Restoration

Sand Point Brownfield Remediation & Habitat Restoration

Native Forests/PlantsCoastal HabitatCleaned-Up/Rebuilt SiteTraditional Way of LifeEco Landscaping


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Sand Point provides critical coastal wetland protection and is culturally important for the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community as it is the site of the Pow Wow grounds, a traditional healing clinic, wild rice beds, and campgrounds. Historically Sand Point was used by the native people for hundreds of years as indicated by the existence of ancient burial grounds to the east and south of the campgrounds. Sand Point today has great potential for additional recreational activities, yet its resources suffer from vast tonnages of industrial copper mining sands derived from an early 20th century stamp mill. From 1901-1919 the Mass Mill disposed of roughly six billion pounds of stamp sands into Lake Superior four miles north of Sand Point. In 2006, with funds from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Environmental Protection Agency, KBIC began remediation of the area.


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