Red Cliff successfully completed the backgound sampling phase of the Lake Superior Barrels project in June 2012. This work involved collecting 12 sediment samples and 9 water samples from outside the barrel dump sites. The samples were sent to an independent laboratory (Spectrum Analytical in Tampa, FL), and the results will be verified by a third-party for quality control.
The background sampling data will be used as a baseline and compared to the sediment and water samples collected near the barrels. The background data will help project scientists determine what contaminants found in the sediment and water by the barrels actually came from the barrels versus contaminants that may have originated from other sources such as land or other dumping activities.