Use of Scientific Data for Management of Dredged Material Disposal in New England

by R. W. Morton, Science Applications Int Corp, Newport, RI, USA,
C. J. Lindsay, Science Applications Int Corp, Newport, RI, USA,
R. C. Semonian, Science Applications Int Corp, Newport, RI, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Dredging and Dredged Material Disposal


Management of dredge material disposal in New England is closely attuned to regulatory mandates and is significantly supported by scientific findings and contributions of the Disposal Area Monitoring System (DAMOS). The DAMOS program was initiated in 1977 for the purpose of monitoring open water disposal of dredged material and assessing the resulting environmental impacts. In order to be responsive to changing regulatory dictates, DAMOS has been dynamic, incorporating state of the art instrumentation and research with disposal site monitoring. Management procedures used in New England that are based on DAMOS information include designation of containment sites, disposal under controlled navigation, capping operations where feasible, and interaction with commercial fishermen, local interests and other agencies.

Subject Headings: Dredged materials | Information management | Site investigation | Waste sites | Fish and fishery management | Dredging | Instrumentation | Navigation (geomatic) | New England | United States

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