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Fox River cleanup will include shipwreck recovery


GREEN BAY (AP) -- Efforts to dredge toxic industrial chemicals from the Fox River will also mean the removal of five sunken vessels.

Press-Gazette Media reports the wrecks were no surprise to Tetra Tech and J.F. Brennan Co. Inc., hired by area paper companies to clean polychlorinated biphenyls from the river.
Richard Feeney of Tetra Tech says they are tugboats and barges either intentionally sunk or allowed to sink decades ago after they couldn't be used anymore.
Since they can't be left there, the plan is to photograph the more recognizable pieces, compile existing photographs and information about the early days of the area's shipping industry and construct a display at the Neville Public Museum.
Brennan will complete most of this season's dredging soon and then they will start bringing up the wrecks.
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