Need for Long-Term Planning for Dredged Material Containment

by William L. Klesch, Directorate of Civil Works, Planning, Div, Washington, DC, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Dredging and Dredged Material Disposal


The biological, chemical and physical integrity of our nations waters are protected, in part, by the provisions of the Clean Water Act. This Act provided for the development of guidelines which would aid in the regulation of discharges of dredged or fill material into the nation's waters, which incidentally includes the nearly 350 MCY (million cubic yards) of dredged material generated annually from federal navigation projects. A little cited section of the guidelines (Section 230. 80 Advanced Identification Disposal Areas) recognizes the need to conduct long-term planning activities such that suitable dredged material containment areas could be identified. Presumably the long-term nature of this section was generated in recognition of the time needed to resolve natural resource conflicts. Recent, ongoing Corps activities are described from four Districts with particular emphasis placed upon approaches used to resolve conflicting resource objectives and the utilization of traditional dredging methods in new ways, i. e. , beneficial uses.

Subject Headings: Dredged materials | Water discharge | Dispute resolution | Water resources | Aquatic habitats | Biological processes | Chemicals | Clean Water Act

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