Implementation of EPA/Corps Site Evaluation Guidance

by Stephen A. Chesser, US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland, OR, USA,
James R. Reese, US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland, OR, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Dredging and Dredged Material Disposal


Past site evaluations have resulted in expensive and time-consuming field studies and a nationwide delay in final designation of interim sites. Recognizing the problem, a joint Corps/EPA ocean dumping task force was formed to develop better procedures for site evaluation. A draft workbook was issued in October 1983, and the task force asked Portland District to apply the workbook to a candidate interim site to field test the procedures before the final version of the workbook was issued. The Yaquina Bay Interim Ocean Dredged Material Disposal Site Evaluation Study was completed in draft form within a 3-month period. The same procedure is being followed to designate the remaining seven interim sites in Portland District and will be used for a future new site designation. The experience gained at Yaquina, used in similar future ocean site evaluations, will greatly reduce the costs of designating permanent ocean disposal sites around the nation.

Subject Headings: Field tests | Ocean engineering | Site investigation | Dredged materials | Waste sites | Joints | Bays | Professional societies | United States

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