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IDEM > Permitting > Land Permits > Land and Waste Disposal Issues > Site Summaries > Superfund: Shelly DItch Superfund: Shelly DItch

Site Name:

Shelly Ditch

Applicant Name:



1204 Darlington Avenue







Score Date:

August 1999

Contaminant Type:

Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs)

Media Affected:

Soil and Sediments

Contact Person:

Jessica Huxhold at (317) 233-2823

Last Revised:

January 2005


Shelly Ditch is a drainage culvert in Crawfordsville, Indiana, which was found to be contaminated with PCBs from industrial activities.  The culvert begins at Raybestos Products Company, and flows west through residential and industrial areas before emptying into Sugar Creek just below the Crawfordsville Electric Light and Power dam.

The Shelly Ditch site was referred to the U.S. EPA Federal Superfund Program in 1999 as a Time-Critical Removal Action.  Excavation activities began at the site in January 2002, and were completed in June 2003.  Approximately 33, 909 tons of impacted soil, debris, and stumps were excavated, characterized, and disposed of.  Soil and sediment was excavated until the average concentration of PCBs was less than 10 parts per million (ppm), and the average concentration of lead was less than 400 ppm. The ditch was then restored with a concrete bottom and rip-rap side slopes for stability.

Shelly Ditch is part of a potential Superfund Site named the Sugar Creek Sediment Site. Various sources in the Crawfordsville area may have contributed PCBs to Sugar Creek, Little Sugar Creek, and Walnut Fork, and may require further investigation.  Please contact Jessica Huxhold Fliss for more information.