Long-Term Maintenance Dredging Permits - Florida's New Approach to Regulation

by Louis C.Ryan Burney, Florida Dep of Environmental, Regulation, Office of Coastal, Management, Tallahassee, FL, USA,
Fred D. Calder, Florida Dep of Environmental, Regulation, Office of Coastal, Management, Tallahassee, FL, USA,
Herbert L. Windom, Florida Dep of Environmental, Regulation, Office of Coastal, Management, Tallahassee, FL, USA,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Dredging and Dredged Material Disposal

Abstract: Previous approaches to regulating maintenance dredging activities in Florida generally have been myopic and failed to gather information that adequately reflects the needs for environmental protection. Historically, regulatory agencies have emphasized using water quality data to assess impacts associated with dredging. In most cases, however, no provisions were made for predicting the environmental effects of dredging and disposal operations. Also absent were guidelines for ensuring the validity of data on which regulatory decisions were based. Recognizing that sediments reflect the pollution climate of a port, the new Florida approach requires accurate information to be gathered on the quality of sediments to be dredged.

Subject Headings: Dredging | Maintenance | Permits | Environmental issues | Ports and harbors | Data collection | Water quality | Water use | North America | Florida | United States

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