The WEDA Environmental Commission has issued the first in a continuing series of technical reports on dredging and the environment.
“Overcoming Obstacles to Beneficial Use of Dredged Material” is a 24-page book containing a comprehensive introduction by Margaret Johnson and papers by four people who have been involved in development of beneficial uses for dredged material disposal.
Johnson is vice president of Ogden Beeman & Associates a consulting engineering firm that specializes in port and waterway development. Her present project is as leader of design efforts for an upland disposal site for the Columbia River deepening project in the Pacific Northwest.
We are all pioneers when planning permitting funding and constructing a navigation or dredging project Johnson states. This is so because the Water Resources Development Act of 1986 (WRDA ’86) changed the responsibilities and goals of project sponsors. “Those trying to execute beneficial use projects today often find themselves in uncharted territory created by new financial and regulatory responsibilities in a sea of authorities emerging policy and environmental scrutiny” she says.
She introduces the four authors who presented the papers at the WEDA conference held in New Orleans in July 1996 as four pioneers in new territory who have been involved in development of beneficial uses for dredged material disposal.
The papers are:
Overcoming Obstacles to Beneficial Use of Dredged Material by Richard T. Worthington Policy Division Headquarters U.S. Army Corps of Engineers;
State Government: Towards a Common Goal by Ivor L. van Heerden Ph.D. formerly assistant secretary of the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR.);
A Port Perspective on Making Beneficial Uses Happen by Thomas H. Wakeman III Dredging Manager for the New York/New Jersey Port Authority; and
The Citizens’ Perspective by Samra Jones-Bufkins Galveston Bay Foundation.
The ongoing series of environmental publications will continue annually. The Environmental Commission will organize a panel of speakers for each WEDA meeting and the resultant publication will revolve around the major topic presented.
The purpose of the publications and the EC is to address the needless delays of dredging projects that occur through lack of education. The EC is there to answer questions project planners will have and the reports will present solutions to common problems. The main idea is that we’re all in this together said Johnson.