A Comparison of Seven Lake Dredging Projects

by James E. Walsh, BEC Inc, East Longmeadow, MA, USA,
Carlos Carranza, BEC Inc, East Longmeadow, MA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Dredging and Dredged Material Disposal


Over the past decade, dredging has been increasingly recognized as one method for restoring some of the country's numerous eutrophic lakes. While certainly not appropriate for all lakes, dredging can improve water quality, reduce aquatic macrophyte growths, and restore lost recreational amenities by physically deepening the lake, as well as by removing oxygen demanding, nutrient rich organic bottom materials. This paper compares seven projects in New England, New York, and New Jersey in which dredging is being utilized as a lake restoration technique.

Subject Headings: Lakes | Dredging | Comparative studies | Project management | Water quality | Ecological restoration | Water resources | Eutrophication | United States | New England | New York | New Jersey

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