Aquatic Dredged Material Disposal in New England

by Thomas J. Fredette, US Army Corps of Engineers, Waltham, MA, USA,
Robert W. Morton, US Army Corps of Engineers, Waltham, MA, USA,
Joseph D. Germano, US Army Corps of Engineers, Waltham, MA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


The Disposal Area Monitoring System (DAMOS) is a large multi-disciplinary environmental monitoring program instituted by the New England Division (NED) of the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers to assess and minimize the environmental impact of dredged material disposal in the coastal waters of New England. Recent efforts have centered on development of an integrated program. The integrated management/monitoring program starts with initial designation of a disposal site, and proceeds through time, addressing pre-disposal baseline conditions, interim disposal control, post disposal baseline and continued monitoring. For each of these major time periods a series of management issues are defined and addressed through a tiered monitoring program with management decisions and modifications of disposal practices controlled by the monitoring results. The program described here is adapted to the particular requirements of the New England region, but the approach can be applied in many areas.

Subject Headings: Dredged materials | Management methods | Coastal management | Waste management | Federal government | Aquatic habitats | Waste sites | United States | New England | England | United Kingdom | Europe

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