Summit on the Beneficial Use of Dredged Materials: Turning a Surplus Material into a Commodity of Value

Dredged material management options for commercial ports, particularly those involving permanent or long-term placement facilities, are diminishing. Many existing placement facilities serving these ports are at, or near capacity, and high costs, plus limited new site availability, make prospects for new or expanded capacity increasingly difficult. Absent new strategies for dredged material management, maintenance dredging at – and accessibility to - several major ports could be significantly impaired, with serious implications to freight movement. In the Great Lakes alone, some 175 million to 200 million tons of primarily bulk commodities – including iron ore, coal, stone, petroleum products, chemicals and grain – are moved annually on the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway system. Given the added factor that, after decades of remediation, much of the material dredged from Great Lakes harbors need no longer be managed as toxic or hazardous waste, recycling of material suitable for beneficial use has emerged as the most practical approach to sustainable dredged material management in the region. A Summit on beneficial reuse of dredged material with programmatic components including: Current technological data on the suitability of dredged material for beneficial reuse; case studies from the Great Lakes and other U.S. port ranges involving successful beneficial reuse; and relevant policy issues affecting acceptance and encouragement of beneficial reuse was held to address these issues. The target audience included port authorities, harbor commissions, coastal communities, state and local regulatory agencies, commercial shipping interests, industries served by marine transportation, dredging practitioners and other stakeholders.

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  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This document was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation, University Transportation Centers Program.
  • Corporate Authors:

    National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE)

    University of Wisconsin, Madison
    1415 Engineering Drive, 2205 Engineering Hall
    Madison, WI  United States  53706

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Clark, Gene
    • Knight, David
  • Publication Date: 2014-7


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: 38p

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  • Accession Number: 01534853
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: RI-8
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT12-G-UTC19
  • Created Date: Aug 12 2014 3:27PM