The concept of beneficial use of dredge material embraces the idea that dredge material can be used to benefit society and the natural environment. Examples of beneficial use include habitat restoration and creation, beach nourishment, aquaculture, forestry, agriculture, mine reclamation, and as engineered soils for remediation/ redevelopment. The beneficial use of dredge material addresses multiple economic and environmental objectives simultaneously to provide the greatest public benefit possible. Much of the several hundred million cubic yards of sediment dredged each year from U.S. ports, harbors, and waterways could be used in a beneficial manner, yet most of this dredged material is instead disposed of in open water, confined disposal facilities, and upland disposal facilities. The most commonly cited hurdles to using dredged material beneficially are increased costs, the need for earlier planning and more coordination, lack of complementary federal and state regulatory frameworks for evaluating dredged material as a resource, and a widespread misperception that dredged material is a waste instead of a resource.
This EBC Ocean and Coastal Resources Management Dredging Conference will explore the regulatory frameworks in place and provide a number of recent case studies where dredged material is successfully being reused.
General Continuing Education Certificates are awarded by the EBC for this program (3.5 training contact hours). Please select this option during registration if you wish to receive a certificate.
- Lisa Lefkovitz, Vice Chair, EBC Ocean & Coastal Resources Committee; Senior Research Scientist, Battelle
Beneficial Re-use of Sediment and State Regulatory Programs
- Lealdon Langley, Director, Wetlands and Waterways Program, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
Innovative Use of Processed Dredged Material (PDM) as Structural Fill
- Steve Sands, Executive Vice President, Clean Earth Inc.
Town of Sandwich Sand Bypassing Project
- Dave Walsh, Senior Project Manager/Coastal Scientist, Woods Hole Group
Oak Island Natural Recolonization Approach for Marsh Restoration
- Alan Fowler, Senior Principal, Geosyntec Consultants, Inc.
Rhode Island South Shore Habitat and Community Resiliency Project
- Caitlin Chaffee, Coastal Policy Analyst, Coastal Resources Management Council, State of Rhode Island
Beneficial Use of Dredged Materials for Resilient Tidal Marsh Restoration and Creation: Workshop Outcomes
- Rebecca French, Director of Community Engagement, Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation
Following the Speaker Presentations will be a Panel Discussion moderated by Lisa Lefkovitz of Battelle, including speakers Bob Boeri, Lealdon Langley, and Caitlin Chaffey alongside Norm Farris, Ecologist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Presentations are posted to the Presentations section of the EBC website. Presentations are not available for download.