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Title: Introduction to using native plant community on dredge material placement areas
Authors: Bailey, Pamela.
Estes, Trudy J.
Bourne, Scott G.
Sekoni, Tosin A.
Price, David L.
Keywords: Dredging spoil
Vegetation management
Publisher: Environmental Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: ERDC/TN;EWN-17-2
Abstract: Purpose: This Engineering With Nature (EWN) Technical Note (TN) is the first in a series concerning the use of vegetation in Dredge Material Placement Areas (DMPA), including Confined Disposal Facilities (CDF), to achieve specific operational, engineering, and ecological benefits. Establishment of native plant communities within DMPA and CDF offers several advantages in terms of sustainability and cost. Once established, these communities will go through natural succession, possibly providing multiple services to include the following: • providing wildlife habitat • inhibiting invasive species establishment • enhancing, structural stability of dikes • providing shoreline stabilization • accelerating sediment dewatering. The overall goal of this vegetation on DMPA project is to develop resources and tools to inform the user of native plant communities, including wetland and terrestrial communities, the functional objectives, sediment properties, topography, and hydrology of disposal areas. While disposal area construction techniques are well documented, guidance pertaining to vegetative treatments and planting regimes to stabilize and promote ecosystem development on these placement areas is lacking. This TN will introduce relevant engineering and scientific concepts including background information; future EWN TNs and other publications in this series will further define how plants can be used in more specific applications. A web accessible tool will be developed identifying applicable plants in the coastal environment of the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts and in the Great Lakes region. The application and benefits of establishing and managing native plant communities on DMPA and CDF will be evaluated in the Atlantic and Gulf Coast and the Great Lake regions.
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