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Title: A new concept for dredged material disposal
Authors: Palermo, Michael R.
Montgomery, Raymond L. (Raymond Lowree)
Keywords: Dredging
Dredging spoil
Dredged material
Publisher: U.S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station
Series/Report no.: Miscellaneous Paper (Dredged Material Research Program (U.S.)) ; no. D-76-15
Abstract: Acquisition of suitable land for confined disposal of dredged material has become increasingly difficult due to rising cost and public objection to land use for this purpose. This problem could be minimized if the useful life of disposal areas could be extended, allowing reuse over longer periods. The concept of disposal site reuse involves the reduction in volume and/or actual removal of dredged material from the disposal area for use elsewhere, thereby allowing additional placement of dredged material at the site. Multiple advantages can be realized through site reuse: (a) a permanent reusable site would be provided for the maintenance dredging at a centralized location; (b) operation of reusable sites would be environmentally compatible because facilities could be properly planned and engineered, greater control is possible, and site operation is better supervised; (c) valuable resources could be reclaimed from the dredging operation and donated or sold for productive use; and (d) expense and public objection to new disposal areas would be greatly reduced due to reduction in excessive land-use requirements. For site reuse to be successful, the material must be in a usable condition, potential uses must be identified, and site management must be tailored to meet requirements for continued reuse. Research completed to date has Identified methods of separating, drying, and rehandling dredged material, legal and policy constraints regarding marketing and disposition of the material, and potential use of dredged material for landfill and construction purposes. The feasibility of site reuse as established through completed and ongoing research must be established by field studies which are currently being initiated. Ultimate widespread use of reusable disposal areas will depend upon future constraints placed on conventional disposal methods and upon economic and environmental considerations.
Description: Miscellaneous Paper
Gov't Doc #: Miscellaneous Paper D-76-15
Rights: Approved for Public Release; Distribution is Unlimited
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