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EBC Ocean and Coastal Resources Program: Shoreline Resiliency – Sand & Gravel Mining

October 31, 2014 @ 7:30 am – 11:00 am
Nutter McClennen & Fish, LLP
155 Seaport Boulevard
Boston MA 02210

EBC’s Coastal and Ocean Resources Committee is convening experts in the field of sand and gravel mining, regulation, and operations for a morning of presentations and a panel discussion. Anyone interested in what is being done to consider nourishing beaches, reinforcing bulkheads and infrastructure along the coast that have been ravaged by recent storms, changing currents and other climate conditions should attend.

There are many beaches, seawalls and important infrastructure in the region in need of restoration or repair.  While many of these projects obtain sand and gravel from land based sources, the economics and availability of offshore mining for those materials is becoming more prevalent.  Dredging for sand and gravel has been common practice along the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf coasts, but not so much in New England.  To prepare for more extensive shoreline repair due to intensifying weather patterns, offshore resources of sand and gravel are being considered.

Speakers at this session include representatives from the principle regulatory agencies in charge of making sure the extraction operations are environmentally sound as well as meet all federal, state and local laws. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, MA Office of Coastal Zone Management, University of Mass Amherst, University of Rhode Island as well as coastal engineering firms will be available to answer questions and discuss best practices used in other parts of the country.

Continuing Education Certificates are awarded by the EBC for this program (3.0 training contact hour). Please select this option during registration if you wish to receive a certificate.

Program Co-Chairs:

  • Maggie L. Merrill, MPP, President, Marine Marketing Services
  • Bob Hamilton, President, Woods Hole Group


  • Bruce Carlisle, Director, Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management
  • Bill Hanson, Vice President, Government Relations & U.S. Business Development, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock
  • Ted Keon, Coastal Resource Director, Town of Chatham, MA
  • Jeff Reidenauer, Chief, Marine Minerals Branch, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, U. S. Department of the Interior
  • Jon Woodruff, Assistant Professor, UMass Amherst