Selection of Dredged Material Disposal Sites

by Carol Russell Collier, Betz Converse Murdoch Inc, Environmental Planning Section, Plymouth Meeting, PA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Dredging and Dredged Material Disposal


Federal and state legislation regulating dredging of navigation channels along Maryland's Eastern Shore requires that local governing bodies provide the dredged material disposal sites. Due to the current climate of strict environmental regulations and escalating land costs, securing disposal areas has become increasingly more difficult. Consequently, Eastern Shore river dredging projects are being delayed resulting in navigation hazards and economic hardships. Wicomico County, in cooperation with Maryland's Department of Natural Resources, initiated a study to help solve the dredging problems on the Eastern Shore and develop the methodologies required for long-term planning and management. The study provides a standard methodology for locating disposal areas which comply with environmental permitting requirements, meet the engineering constraints of dredging projects, and result in feasible cost-effective solutions to the disposal problem.

Subject Headings: Dredged materials | Shores | Waste sites | Site investigation | Dredging | Management methods | Federal government | Legislation

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