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Natural Resources Damage Assessment and Restoration

Sauget, Illinois Industrial Corridor Sites

St. Clair County, Illinois


Pathway Report for Terrestrial and Aquatic Resources

As part of the Natural Resources Damage Assessment process, the Trustees document the pathways that hazardous substance releases follow or followed to expose natural resources (including surface waters and sediment, groundwater, geologic resources, air resources, and wildlife). This pathway report addresses the resources of Dead Creek, as well as other terrestrial and aquatic resources at the Sauget Industrial Corridor Sites. The uses, disposal practices, and/or industrial operations at each Sauget Industrial Corridor sub-site are discussed; hazardous substance releases are documented; and aquatic and terrestrial resource exposure analyses are presented.


Pathway Report for Terrestrial and Aquatic Resources Adobe PDF Icon



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.


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Sauget Assessment Plan

Information provided during 2013 public comment period

PowerPoint Slideshow Presented at Public Meeting: Aug. 6, 2013 (55-page PDF Adobe PDF Icon; 2.9MB)


Notice of Availability of the Assessment Plan for the Sauget Industrial Corridor Sites, St. Clair County, Illinois Adobe PDF Icon


Assessment Plan for the NRDA of the Sauget Industrial Corridor Sites Jan. 2013; 63-page PDF Adobe PDF Icon



Phase 1 Groundwater Injury Assessment (February 15, 2018) Adobe PDF Icon 6.5MB


Assessment Plan for the NRDA of the Sauget Industrial Corridor Sites (Jan. 2013) Adobe PDF Icon


Sauget Industrial Corridor Sites Preassessment Screen (May, 2009) Adobe PDF Icon 1.5MB

For Additional information

If you have any questions concerning information found in this report or other comments related to this NRDA, please contact:         


Paul Lake, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, 217-785-7728

Tom Heavisides, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, 217-557-6832

Tim Rielly, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, 573-522-1347

Aleshia Kenney, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (309-757-5800 x218)   

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency:

Sauget Area I

Sauget Area II

For more information on NRDA: Restoration Program, U.S. Department of Interior 


For the Federal CERCLA NRDA regulations, go to: 43 CFR 11


Trustee Agencies:

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency

Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Missouri Department of Natural Resources

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Region 3



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Last updated: April 2, 2018