Natural Resources Damage Assessment and Restoration Project
Sauget, Illinois Industrial Corridor Sites
St. Clair County, Illinois
The Sauget, Illinois Industrial Corridor Sites (Sites) include a series of facilities, landfills, waste disposal areas, sludge lagoons, and contaminated waterways located around the Villages of Sauget, Cahokia, and East St. Louis, St. Clair County, Illinois. The Sites have been proposed for listing under the National Priorities List for clean up. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (ILEPA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) are overseeing various remedial actions by some of the potentially responsible parties at the Sites. The Natural Resource Trustees (the Trustees), which are the ILEPA, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (ILDNR), the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MODNR), and the U.S. Department of Interior (USDOI) acting through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), are conducting a Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) at the Sites. Contaminants released into the environment from the Sites may have caused harm or injuries to natural resources, which include surface water, groundwater, soils, air, and biota. The purpose of the NRDA is to determine the amount and type of natural resource restoration that is required to restore any injured natural resources and to compensate the public for lost use of natural resources.