Monitoring Ecological Recovery of the Torch Lake Superfund Sites


8:30 AM-4:00 PM, Wednesday-Thursday, August 20-21


For Middle & High School Science & Math Teachers

Workshop Sponsors

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Western U.P. Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education, Houghton-Keweenaw Conservation District, Torch Lake Public Action
Committee, and Michigan Technological University




Wednesday, August 20

8:30-Noon Program Overview & Goals (875 Dow, MTU)

  • History of Torch Lake Superfund Site
  • Superfund Remediation Objectives
  • Monitoring Results to Date
  • Teacher Participant Requirements


Noon-1:00 pm Lunch (on campus provided)


1:00-4:00 PM Introduction to Sampling Methods


Thursday, August 21

8:30-Noon PM Conduct Sampling at Mason site

  • Collect soil samples for fertility testing (pH,
  • Measure plant species distribution; collect voucher specimens, plant identification; plant biomass production; plant root penetration; soil coverage by vegetation.
  • Conduct qualitative bird community surveys.


Noon-1:00 PM Lunch


1:00-4:00 PM Tour & Collect Data at Torch Lake Superfund Project Sites:

  • Dollar Bay/Point Mills
  • Hubbell/Tamarack City
  • Lake Linden Village Park



For More Information

Contact Joan Chadde at or call (906) 487-3341. Registration deadline: August 1st


The workshop will take place at Michigan Tech University and at the Torch Lake Superfund sites.




$100 per person (includes field trip transportation, monitoring equipment), handouts, and lunch each day). Make checks payable to the Western U.P. Center for Science, Math & Environmental Education. Participants in the CCISD Eisenhower Consortium can have their registration fee reimbursed after their attendance has been confirmed at the workshop.




Brenda Jones has been working for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on the Torch Lake Superfund Site since 1999. She became the Torch Lake Superfund Site project manager in 2003.


Rich Henry, a wildlife biologist and aquatic ecologist with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, participated in the remediation monitoring at Torch Lake in 2002.


What to Bring

binoculars raingear

backpack insect repellant

water bottle hiking shoes


Much of the workshop will take place outdoors. Participants should be prepared for windy, cold, or rainy weather.


1.0 credit from Northern Michigan Univ. (ED 989; $214/credit) and Michigan Tech Univ. (ED 5540; $214 per credit) is available.


Monitoring Ecological Recovery at the Torch Lake Superfund Sites ~ A Teacher-Training Workshop



Name: __________________________________________________________ Home Phone: ______________________________

School: _______________________________________________________________________________________

Subject(s) Taught: ______________________ Grade(s) Taught:____________ Email Address: __________________________

(Make $100 registration fee payable to CCISD.)


REGISTRATION DEADLINE: August 1. Mail to Joan Chadde, Western U.P. Center, 105 Dilman Hall, MTU, 1400 Townsend, Houghton, MI 49931