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2022 Environmental Excellence Awards 

 

APPLICATIONS FOR 2022 WEDA ENVIRONMENTAL EXCELLENCE AWARDS 

Awards will be presented during the July 2022 WEDA Dredging Summit and Exposition in Houston, Texas, USA.

Applications should be submitted in PDF format by May 6, 2022, to Craig Vogt, Chair of WEDA’s Environmental Commission, at Craig@CraigVogt.com. 

IMPORTANT: REVISED CRITERIA for 2022

  • Projects that did not receive the WEDA Environmental Excellence Award in the previous two years may be resubmitted.
  • Attendance is expected at the 2022 Houston Summit and presentation of a technical paper is encouraged of all award applicants about the project by a project representative.

Objective

The 2022 WEDA Environmental Excellence Awards will recognize projects for their outstanding contribution to meeting the goals of the WEDA, which include:

To promote communication and understanding of environmental issues and stimulate new solutions associated with dredging and placement of dredged materials such that the projects, including navigation, environmental, and adaptation to climate change, are accomplished in an efficient manner, which meets internationally recognized environmental goals.

The 2022 Awards

Three Environmental Excellence Awards will be given, one for each of the following categories:

  • DREDGING FOR NAVIGATION: The purpose is to create or maintain navigation channels;
  • ENVIRONMENTAL DREDGING: Purpose is an environmental enhancement, i.e., remediation, wetland enhancement, restoration or creation, or any other dredging project whose primary objective is environmental in nature; and
  • MITIGATION OR ADAPTATION TO CLIMATE CHANGE: This category includes dredging or marine construction projects that exemplify and implement the WODA Statement on Mitigation and Adaptation to Climate Change. The WODA Statement can be found on the WEDA website at https://www.westerndredging.org/index.php/awards/environmental-excellence-awards. For further explanation of this category, see the text box below.

Process and General Criteria

All three awards will be announced and presented during the WEDA Luncheon on July 26, 2022, at the WEDA Dredging Summit and Exposition in Houston, Texas, USA.

  • Recognition will include a plaque, a press release, and a special highlight on the WEDA website.
  • The awards will be for a project, and team members will be recognized. The preference is for all project team members to be WEDA members; however, to qualify, at least one of the project team members must be a WEDA member in good standing. 
  • The project must be related to dredging or marine engineering, consistent with WEDA’s mission, which includes the beneficial use of dredged material.
  • The project must not have been completed more than three years from the date of the award application for the Navigation and Environmental Dredging Categories and four years for the Climate Change Category. For longer-term projects, specific increments or phases must have been completed to be eligible for consideration.
  • Projects can be resubmitted if they were not selected for the WEDA Environmental Excellence Award in the previous two years.
  • Summaries of the Award-winning projects, as written in the applications, will be included in a press release and possibly in a newsletter or other electronic communication.
  • All project applications will be included, as submitted, on the WEDA website, after the July 2022 Houston Dredging Summit. Submittal of an application grants permission to WEDA for these actions.
  • Attendance is expected and presentation of a technical paper is encouraged of all award applicants about the project by a project representative at the WEDA July 2022 Houston Dredging Summit.
  • Posters are required from all applicants. Please bring a poster (e.g., 24 inches by 36 inches or 50-60 cm by 70-80 cm) to illustrate the project to attendees at the Houston Dredging Summit. The intention is to enhance all attendees’ understanding of the projects, the project team, and the project accomplishments. Posters will be displayed in the foyer near the exhibit hall. If you want to keep the poster, please make arrangements to take it home with you.
  • While projects will be awarded based upon their merits using the ranking criteria provided below, the WEDA Environmental Excellence Awards Review Team does appreciate an application that is well-formatted, easy to read, and explains how the project qualifies based on each ranking criterion.
  • The WEDA Environmental Excellence Awards Review Team are members of WEDA’s Environmental Commission.

Project Ranking Criteria

  • Environmental benefits (35 points)
  • What are the environmental benefits?
  • What unique environmental challenges were addressed?
  • Were any mitigation measures adopted? If so, list the measures.
  • Did the project incorporate the principles within the approaches of working with nature or engineering with nature?
  • Innovation (20 points)
  • How does this project show leadership and take steps beyond "traditional" environmental protection efforts?
  • Did the project “break new ground” in addressing the environmental challenges?
  • What methods, technologies, or approaches (including partnerships) were used?
  • What sustainable approaches were applied?
  • Economic benefits (15 points)
  • Explain the implementation of cost-effective methods, procedures, or practices in terms of environmental protection efforts. Were there project efficiencies?  Was there any specific cost-saving or economic enhancement components of the project?
  • What are the socio-economic aspects of the project, e.g., positive impacts on the quality of life to stakeholders?
  • How does the project contribute to the economy?
  • Transferability (15 points)
  • Are the project characteristics and lessons learned transferable and can they be used by others addressing similar environmental issues?
  • Outreach and Education (15 points)
  • What education and/or outreach activities were undertaken?
  • What mechanisms were used to involve the broad array of stakeholders? 

 

Special Note on the Mitigation and Climate Change Category

The focus of this Category:

  • Increasing energy efficiency and managing carbon in relation to dredging and marine construction projects, including reduction of carbon emissions and creating carbon sinks through habitat development; and
  • Contributing to enhanced resilience and reducing risks to shorelines, waterways, infrastructure, and fresh, estuarine and marine water resources.

See the link below to the 2017 Winner of the Climate Change Category, Horseshoe Bend Project, as a good example of a project description for this category, e.g., reductions in tons of carbon emissions, benefits of enhanced wetlands in creating carbon sinks.  https://www.westerndredging.org/phocadownload/2017_Vancouver/Horseshoe%20Bend.pdf

 

In this category, WEDA is especially interested in quantitative evaluations (i.e., tons of carbon) of

(1) carbon emission reductions and (2) the capture of carbon (i.e., sinks) through wetlands, habitat development or other innovative measures.

Applications

  • Applications must be submitted in English.
  • Applications should clearly identify the award category: Navigation Dredging, Environmental Dredging, or Mitigation and Adaptation to Climate Change.
  • Important: Applications should be no longer than 6 pages total length (excluding cover page and pages of illustrations).
  • Outline of application:
    • Cover page. Does not count towards page count.
    • Summary: project description: goals, objectives, accomplishments (one-page maximum). The Summary will be used in the press release.
    • List of project team members and their affiliations, including the project owner, the role of the team members, WEDA membership status, and the nominating entity.
    • Environmental benefits
    • Innovation
    • Economic benefits
    • Transferability
    • Outreach and education
    • Inclusion of project figures, diagrams, or photographs is encouraged (maximum of three pages). These pages do not count towards the page count.

 

2021 Virtual Dredging Summit Awards 

2021 Safety Excellence Award for a Dredging Project 

WEDA is pleased to present WEDA’s 2021 Annual Safety Excellence Award for a Dredging Project to Ballard Marine Construction’s Ignacio-Mare Island Dutchman Slough Dredging.

   View Citation

2021 Safety Excellence Award for a Dredging Contractor

WEDA is pleased to present WEDA’s 2021 Annual Safety Excellence Award for a Dredging Contractor to Great Lakes Dredge & Dock.

  View Citation

 

Click to read the WODA Statement on Mitigation and Adaptation to Climate Change

2019 Environmental Excellence Awards

Press Release: Winners Announced for the 2019 Environmental Excellence Awards 

In 2019, two awards were made: one for an environmental dredging project and one for Adaptation or Mitigation to Climate Change. These Awards were presented at the Dredging Summit & Expo '19 in Chicago, IL for projects and their team members that best meet the goals of WEDA's Environmental Commission: 

For Environmental Dredging
Winner   Restoration of the Former Zephyr Refinery: Fire Suppression Ditch project   Project | Photo
 
Mitigation and Adaptation to Climate Change:
Winner   La Quinta Aquatic Habitat Mitigation Project in the Corpus Christi Ship Channel   Project | Photo
             
Other notable nomination:
    Ashland Phase 2 Wet Dredge Full Scale   Project    
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2018 Environmental Excellence Awards

Press Release: Winners Announced for the 2018 Environmental Excellence Awards 

In 2018, three awards were made: one for a navigation dredging project, one for an environmental dredging project and one for Adaptation or Mitigation to Climate Change. These Awards were presented at the Dredging Summit & Expo '18 in Norfolk, VA for projects and their team members that best meet the goals of WEDA's Environmental Commission: 

For Environmental Dredging
Winner   Wagner Creek and Seybold Canal Restoration Project - City of Miami, Florida   Project | Photo
 
For Navigational Dredging 
Winner   Florida Inland Navigation District Intracoastal Waterway Deepening - Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida    Project | Photo
             
Mitigation and Adaptation to Climate Change:
Winner   Ninigret Marsh Restoration Project - Rhode Island   Project | Photo
             
Other notable nominations:
    Innovative and Sustainable Dredging Solutions to Help Build a Better World (Cat Marine Advanced Variable DriveTM - Innovative Vessel Design)   Project    
    Beach Stabilization and Dune Restoration in Progreso, Yucatan, Mexico MARCOST de México SA de CV, Mérida, Yucatán, México   Project    
    La Quinta Aquatic Habitat Mitigation Project - Texas   Project    
    Mississippi River Ship Channel Dredging and Wetlands Creation – An Environmental Success Story    Project    
    Former Gloucester Gas Light Company Manufactured Gas Plant Facility Remedy Implementation  Gloucester, Massachusetts    Project    
    Cedar Creek Environmental Remediation Project  Cedarburg, Wisconsin, USA    Project    
    Port of Bellingham Whatcom Waterway Phase 1 Cleanup Project   Project    
   

 

2017 Environmental Excellence Awards

Press Release: Winners Announced for the 2017 Environmental Excellence Awards 

In 2017, three awards were made: one for a navigation dredging project, one for an environmental dredging project and one for Mitigation and Adaptation to Climate Change. These Awards were presented at the Dredging Summit & Expo '17 in Vancouver for projects and their team members that best meet the goals of WEDA's Environmental Commission: 

For Environmental Dredging
Winner   Onondaga Lake Restoration in Syracuse, New York, USA   Project | Photo
 
For Navigational Dredging 
Winner   Barbours Cut Expansion/San Jacinto Restoration Houston Ship Channel and San Jacinto River, La Porte, Texas, USA   Project | Photo
             
Mitigation and Adaptation to Climate Change:
Winner   Strategically Placing Dredged Material Enhancing Horseshoe Bend Island, Horseshoe Bend Island Project in the Atchafalaya River, Louisiana, USA   Project | Photo
             
Other notable nominations:
    Lower Duwamish Waterway Enhanced Natural Recovery/Activated Carbon Pilot Study Project   Project    
    West Basin Navigational Dredging Port of Long Beach   Project    
    Bayport Ship Channel (BSC) and Barbours Cut Channel (BCC) Improvement Project   Project    
    Dredging and Beachfill, Delaware River Main Channel Deepening   Project    
    Caminada Headland Beach and Dune Restoration Project   Project    
   


2016 WODA Environmental Excellence Awards 

Press Release: Winners Announced for the 2016 Environmental Excellence Awards 

This year, The World Organization of Dredging Associations (WODA), during the gala dinner of its triennial international conference in Miami, proudly presented four Environmental Excellence Awards in two categories, Environmental Dredging and Dredging for Coastal Reinforcement. 

2016 Environmental Excellence Awards

For Environmental Dredging
Winner   Boeing’s Plant 2 Sediment Remediation and Urban Waterway Restoration at the Duwamish Waterway in Seattle, Washington   Project    
Silver   Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge Marsh Habitat Restoration, Milton, Delaware, USA.   Project    
 
For Dredging for Coastal Reinforcement
Winner   Medmerry Managed Realignment, Medmerry, England, United Kingdom.   Project    
Silver   Hondsbossche and Pettemer Sea Defence, the Netherlands.   Project    
             
Other notable nominations:
    Wisconsin River and Park Pond Remediation   Project    
    Bayou D’Inde (Area B)/Lower Canal Sediment Remediation Project Lake Charles, LA   Project    
    Pershing Park Boat Basin Dredging Racine County, Wisconsin   Project    
             
   

2015 Environmental Excellence Awards

Press Release: Winners Announced for the 2015 Environmental Excellence Awards | View Criteria

In 2015, two awards were made: one for a navigation dredging project and one for an environmental dredging project. These Awards were presented at the Dredging Summit & Expo in Houston for projects and their team members that best meet the goals of WEDA's Environmental Commission: 

2015 Environmental Excellence Awards

For Navigational Dredging
Winner   Strategically Placing Dredged Material Enhancing Horseshoe Bend Island   Project | Photo
Silver   Detroit Harbor Navigation Channel Dredging and Expansion Project   Project | Photo
 
For Environmental Dredging
Winner   East Branch Grand Calumet River Remediation East Chicago/Hammond, Indiana   Project | Photo
Silver   Esquimalt Graving Dock Waterfront Remediation Project, Vancouver Island, BC   Project | Photo
             
Other notable nominations:
    Port of Ridgefield Dredging   Project    
    Riverine Sand Mining / Scofield Island Restoration   Project    
    San Diego Bay   Project    
             
   

2014 Environmental Excellence Awards

For Navigational Dredging
Winner   Port of Kalama TEMCO Berth   Project | Award
Silver   Port of Stockton   Project | Award
 
For Environmental Dredging
Winner   Sheboygan River, WI   Project | Award
Silver   Hudson River PCBs Superfund   Project | Award
             
Other notable nominations:
    Puget Sound Naval Shipyard - Bremerton   Project    
    Mississippi River Dredging - St. Louis District   Project    
    Nanticoke River Maintenance Dredging   Project    
    Susquehanna River - Battery Island   Project    
    Contaminated Sediment Menominee River, WI   Project    
    Innovative Reuse of Dredged Material - Baltimore, MD   Project    
             
   

2013 Environmental Excellence Awards

For Navigational Dredging
Winner   Deer Island Restoration Project near Mobile, Alabama   Project | Award
Silver   Port of Long Beach, California, Middle Harbor Redevelopment Project   Project | Award
Silver   Integration of Traditional Navigation Projects with Shore Protection for Beneficial Uses   Project | Award
 
For Environmental Dredging
Winner   Environmental Dredging and Aquatic Enhancement of Lake Beauclair, FL   Project | Award
Silver   River Raisin Area of Concern Restoration Project in Monroe, MI   Project | Award
             
Other notable nominations:
    West Branch Grand Calumet River Remediation   Project    
    Schnabel Innovative use of Dredged Material Project   Project    
    Embraport Container and Bulk Terminal Santos, Brazil   Project    
    Long Island Sound Region - US Army Corps of Engineers   Project    
    US Army Corps of Engineers Dredge Murden Water Hydraulics System   Project    
             
   

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