Contamination found at Mill Point Park excavation

Excavation for the Grand River Greenway and new restrooms at Mill Point Park has uncovered some contamination - but nothing significant enough to alter the project. Vinyl chloride exists under most of western Spring Lake (from Park Street west) and central Grand Haven, according to Village Manager Ryan Cotton. The substance is the result of decomposing solvents once used by area manufacturing companies, he explained.
Marie Havenga
Aug 13, 2011


Grand Haven has had a groundwater protection ordinance in place since 2001 and Spring Lake since 2006, stating that residents should not drink well water in those areas. Both locales are serviced by city water.

The vinyl chloride was unearthed last week when excavators dug for the new restroom facility at Mill Point Park. Cotton askedcontractors to stop construction until the water could be tested.

An 8-foot pipe was also uncovered at the restroom site and removed by an asbestos consultant at a cost of $400.

Cotton said he learned the results on Friday of soils west of School Street at Mill Point Park. They contained elevated metal levels.

Village Council will discuss options at its regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Barber School, 102 W. Exchange St.

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