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DREDGING Highlights from the Past

30 years ago
November 1980. Portland District Engineer Col. Terence J. Connell announced that government and contract dredges would continue to work in the Columbia River to counter siltation from the Mount St. Helens eruption.

December, 1980. The establishment of the Eastern Dredging Association at WODCON IX in Vancouver (October, 1980) was reported. A provisional board of directors was elected.

20 years ago
November, 1990. Larry Patella announced that the terms “dredge spoils” and “dump sites” would no longer be used to describe dredged material and placement sites, to counter a negative public image of dredging.

December 1990. The Waterways Experiment Station issued reports on new dredging procedures. “The Dredge Silent Inspector System” was written by James Rosati, III; and “Equipment and Techniques for Capping Contaminated Dredged Material” was written by Robert E. Randall and Michael R. Palermo.

10 years ago
November, 2000. Arnoldo Gallont Soriano died at the age of 59. He was president of consulting company Arnoldo Gallont SA de CV, Monterrey, Mexico, and contracted and managed dredging projects in Latin America, with Great Lakes Dredge & Dock as a major customer.

November, 2000. The Government of Nicaragua and private company Ecocanal, S.A. signed a concession contract, the final legal step needed to proceed with the construction of a private waterway to re-connect Lake Nicaragua and the Caribbean Sea.

December 2000. WEDA published Vol. 2, No. 4 of the Journal of Dredging Engineering, which included “Optimization of Mechanical Dredging Operations for Navigational Purposes” by Philip Keillor, Carola Blazquez and Teresa Adams; and “A Dredging Information System for the River Scheldt” by ir. J. Claessens, ir. Ph. Van de Velde and ir. J. Smits.

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