Decisionmaking for Dredggedg Material Management

by W. Burton Hamner, US Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle, WA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


Management of dredged material produced in coastal environments is greatly complicated by the presence of chemical contaminants in the material. The kinds and quantities of contaminants present restrict the options available to decisionmakers regarding dredging and disposal methods and locations. Authorities must be flexible and comprehensive to obtain efficient and environmentally acceptable results. The issues faced by authorities must be communicated to the public. A graphical strategy for making decisions regarding testing and management of dredged material from coastal environments is presented. Its objective is to present a broad-scale picture of the issues, their interrelationships and the sequence of decisions facing authorities and the public.

Subject Headings: Dredged materials | Coastal management | Pollutants | Decision making | Chemical wastes | Dredging | Waste management

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