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Title: Needs and areas of potential application of Disposal Area Reuse Management (DARM)
Authors: Palermo, Michael R.
Keywords: Waste disposal in the ground
Dredged material
Dredging spoil
Waste disposal sites
Publisher: U.S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station
Series/Report no.: Technical Report (Dredged Material Research Program (U.S.)) ; no. D-78-27
Abstract: The results of a survey of Corps of Engineers (CE) Districts for needs and areas of potential application of Disposal Area Reuse Management (DARM) are documented in this report. Under the DARM concept, disposal areas are regarded as collection and processing sites where dredged material is re-handled within the site or totally removed, thereby increasing or restoring site capacity for subsequent disposal. A total of nine CE Districts were surveyed and discussion and exchanges of ideas regarding DARM concepts were made with the Districts. It was found that critical shortages of confined disposal capacity now exist in many areas throughout the country. However, Districts are generally reluctant to re-store sites through DARM in cases where provision of disposal sites is viewed as the sole responsibility of the local sponsor. Acquisition of additional disposal sites is considered to be the most economical solution to shortages of capacity. Where responsibility for providing disposal sites lies with the government, DARM is generally viewed as a viable alternative to acquisition of additional sites, provided the technical constraints can be resolved and economic feasibility can be determined. The technical feasibility of full- scale application of DARM is demonstrated by the success of ongoing programs in the Philadelphia and Sacramento Districts. Removal and sale of large quantities of material from disposal sites in the Philadelphia District has significantly, extended the design life of the sites and returned revenues to the government. The Sacramento District has implemented a model DARM program which involves periodic restoration of site capacity by removal of all dredged material from the sites for use as highway fill. These programs involved predominantly coarse-grained material in a ready-to-use condition. In areas where fine-grained material predominates, technical constraints concerning dewatering, removal, and transport must be resolved before DARM concepts may be implemented on a large scale.
Description: Technical Report
Gov't Doc #: Technical Report D-78-27
Rights: Approved for Public Release; Distribution is Unlimited
Size: 56 pages / 5.58 MB
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