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WEDA's Dredging 201 Short Course  

Strategies and Methods for Successful Contaminated Sediment Remediation

Fees: $150 for all participants

The Western Dredging Association (WEDA) is a professional organization connecting individuals, companies, other organizations, and individuals interested in the field of dredging within North, South & Central America. 

Monday, June 24, 2024
1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

JW Marriott Tampa
510 Water Street
Tampa, FL 33602

General Course Overview:  
Dredging 201 "Strategies and Methods for Successful Contaminated Sediment Remediation" has been developed to provide attendees with a broad overview of remedial alternatives for contaminated sediments to help them compare and contrast the advantages and disadvantages of different remedial approaches for a specific site. 

Contaminated sediment sites are notoriously heterogeneous, often encompassing a wide variety of environments and site conditions. Shallow water, deep water, urban, rural, wetlands, spawning beds, vegetated flats, navigation channels, piers, docks, and every other aquatic feature within the waterway are all potentially impacted to varying degrees. Developing an effective remedial plan that is implementable, affordable, and applicable to all areas is challenging. Site characterization uncertainties complicate matters further. This course, sponsored by the Western Dredging Association (WEDA), will present fundamentals of contaminated waterways remediation, including site characterization, remedial strategies, and post-construction monitoring.

The basics of natural recovery, enhanced natural recovery, environmental dredging, and capping as remedial strategies will be discussed, including Best Management Practices (BMPs) for residuals management, cap placement, sediment management, and other real-world construction considerations. The course will focus on developing constructible remedial strategies across a wide array of environments that provide long-term risk reduction. A model contaminated sediment site will be used to illustrate how different remedial strategies can be sewn together to reduce site-wide risk. This course has been developed to support anyone that wants to understand better the fundamentals of sediment remediation, including engineers, consultants, owners, regulators, and community groups. 

Draft Agenda:

  • Site characterization
  • Overview of remedial alternatives
  • Environmental dredging strategies
  • Resuspension, residuals, and contaminant releases associated with dredging
  • Capping
  • Surveys and machine guidance
  • Monitoring strategies for success

This course qualifies for 4 Professional Development Hours (PDH's). Certificates will be issued after the conclusion of the course via email.

Who Should Attend?
The course is ideally suited for those that are not involved in dredging for a major portion of their normal daily work or have had specific schooling in dredging. Individuals that deal with dredging occasionally or somewhat frequently as part of their work and need to have a good working knowledge and understanding of dredging will benefit from this course.

  • federal, state, and local regulators and environmental resource managers
  • project managers
  • journalists
  • new contractors
  • environmental consulting engineers and environmental scientists;
  • members of environmental interest groups;
  • anyone who has to communicate with others about specifics of dredging projects;

About the Instructor:

Dr. Don Hayes will present the Dredging 101 course. Dr. Hayes worked as a Research Environmental Engineer at the U.S. Army Engineering Research and Development Center from 1978-1991, then again from July 2018 - October 2021, when he retired. Between 1991 and 2018, he held multiple academic appointments, including Chair of the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Construction at the University of Nevada Las Vegas and Director of the Institute for Coastal Ecology & Engineering at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Dr. Hayes earned BS and MS degrees in Civil Engineering from Mississippi State University in Civil Engineering and a PhD from Colorado State University in Environmental Engineering/Water Resources Planning & Management. Dr. Hayes is a member of the WEDA Board of Directors and a member of the WEDA Environmental Commission. He is a licensed professional engineer in 3 states (LA, MS, NV), a Diplomate of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists, and a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Dr. Hayes currently provides consulting and educational services related to environmental aspects of dredging, dredged material management, and beneficial use through The Dredging Professor LLC.

WEDA is offering this Dredging 101 Course as part of our mission to share knowledge and information about dredging. Because WEDA is a non-profit organization with the goal not to make money but to share information, WEDA is offering this course at a low cost of $150.

The Dredging 101 course can be added to your registration or purchased separately. Attendance at the meeting is not mandatory to participate in the course.

All participants: $150

If you have any questions or need assistance registering, please contact us at info@westerndredging.org.

Thanks, and we look forward to seeing you in Tampa!