Draper Lakeshore

Following an All Appropriate Inquiry, KBIC purchased the property from the previous owners, Audrey Draper Chapman and Marion Draper Braem (the Drapers). The Drapers used the lakeside property as a lot on which they parked and resided in a RV during the summer. Standard Oil, Grand Rapids Trust Company, Rubicon Lumber Company, and numerous other private individuals have previously owned the property. According to the Drapers, a knowledgeable person, and historic air photos, a gas station was formerly located on the property. 

The property is currently vacant. The portion where the former gas station is suspected to have been is gravel-covered, level, and appears to consist of fill soils. This area is slightly higher in elevation than the rest of the property. The remaining portion of the property is low lying and ranges from flat to rolling terrain covered in grasses, small shrubs, and trees ranging in various sizes. There are vehicle remnants (a car frame with engine block) partially buried and covered with vegetation, suggesting the possibility that there may be more refuse buried on the property. Two pipes that extend vertically out of the ground may indicate the presence of underground storage tanks (USTs) that remain on the premises.

A geophysical survey of the property was conducted by EPA Region 5 staff in 2008 to determine the location of any underground storage tanks (USTs) or buried metal objects  associated   with   the   former   gas  station. Tribal  Construction  was  later     

awarded the bid in 2008 to excavate four areas of concern on the property. Excavation activities began in June 2009 and  uncovered  a  point well; various  scrap metal, and two small USTs which  were removed from the  property.  A waste disposal firm was hired to pump out  tank contents and remove a  small amount of impacted soil  found during the tank removal. Natural Resources staff sampled the tank liquid and soil in the excavation. Down gradient groundwater and surface water was also sampled. Laboratory testing indicated contaminants were not a concern in the tank  excavation; therefore, the excavation was filled in.  Additional ground water sampling was conducted in 2011.