The U.S. Coast Guard doesn’t use its 9.6 acres at Fort Totten anymore, but the government will be cleaning it up.
Gregory Goepfert, project manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, announced plans for removing lead-contaminated soil during a meeting Tuesday in Bayside.
The area is near the northern part of the fort between the ballfields and the old fortifications.
“We would like to go ahead and clean up the soil that has been impacted and replace it with clean material,” Goepfert said.
The 20,000-square-foot site would be refilled with clean soil from elsewhere. The endeavor will cost about $200,000.
Goepfert said the plan was preferable to alternatives like doing nothing, just fencing it off to the public or covering it with a landfill cap, but that would require additional maintenance in the future.
The Army Corps determined that it is the only one of five areas they tested at the fort that requires remediation.