Planning and Management of Disposal Areas

by James D. Hilton, US Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville, FL, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Dredging and Dredged Material Disposal


Passage of the Clean Water Act of 1977 required federal agencies to obtain either water quality certification or a waiver from the state for the discharge of dredged or fill material into navigable waters of the State. Obtaining water quality certification for maintenance dredging of federal navigation channels developed into a long, tedious process. In the interim, the navigation channels were shoaling and vessels were experiencing difficulty entering and leaving the ports. Florida Ports Council, realizing the potential loss of trade, joined together and drafted legislation to deal with long-term requirements to maintenance dredge the ports.

Subject Headings: Dredged materials | Water discharge | Water quality | Water resources | Federal government | Dredging | Public policy | Environmental issues | Florida | United States

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