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WT OU - Water Towers Operable Unit

A removal action was conducted to remediate lead contaminated soils at three water tower areas on the Refuge and the Refuge Visitor Center in 1991 and 1992.  Approximately 2,800 cubic yards of lead contaminated soils were excavated and disposed off-site.  The contamination was from the lead-based paint that fell onto the soil during past sandblasting operations at those towers.  The 3 water towers were demolished and removed by the USFWS.  This OU is complete.

Water Towers OU Overview Map (631 KB PDF file)


The following documents can be found at:

Southern Illinois University        (618) 453-2818

McLafferty Annex

1830 University Press Drive

Carbondale, Illinois 62901

Hours:  Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service     (618) 997-3344

Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge

6987 Headquarters Road

Marion, Illinois 62959

Hours:  Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The following are downloadable documents in Adobe Acrobat format.

2006 Five Year Review (4.3 MB PDF file)

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Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge

8588 Rt. 148
Marion, IL 62959

Phone:  (618) 997-5491  

Email:  CrabOrchardCleanup@fws.gov


Last Updated:  August 6, 2007