The maintenance dredging of fine-grained sediment which accumulated in shipping channels in the Upper Chesapeake was discussed. The capacity of open-water sites was maximized in an environmentally acceptable manner to provide adequate time for the development of beneficial use or confined placement sites. The additional water column turbidity generated by dragging operations and bottom sediment movement during placement raised environmental concerns which weighted against the need to maximize capacity. The inter-agency team overseeing site management provided a mechanism to implement operational changes which maximized site capacity and insured operational use through the projected life span of the site.
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Managing dredged sediment placement in open-water disposal sites, Upper Chesapeake Bay
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Dredging, Key Technologies for Global Prosperity
Dredging '02, Key Technologies for Global Prosperity: Proceedings of the Third Specialty Conference on Dredging and Dredged Material Disposal