Shallow Ocean Disposal of Contaminated Dredge Material

by Richard P. Long, Univ of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, USA,
Kenneth R. Demars, Univ of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Geotechnical Practice for Waste Disposal '87


The contaminated dredged materials from harbors and waterways along heavily populated coastal areas such as Connecticut must often be disposed at shallow ocean sites. To isolate the contaminants from the food chain a process of covering the contaminated material with clean dredgings has been successfully applied. Geotechnical aspects of this process have been studied. With proper controls, it is possible to successfully cap dredged materials found in the Northeastern part of the United States. The interaction of the material being deposited with bottom sediment requires additional study.

Subject Headings: Dredging | Seas and oceans | Pollution | Shallow water | Waste disposal

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