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Eastern Chapter

The Eastern Chapter of WEDA represents Bermuda, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida (East Coast) Georgia (Eastern), Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, DC, West Virginia, Virgin Islands and Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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Eastern Chapter WEDA Fall 2021 Conference   |  Save the Date  |  Register Now!

Wednesday, October 13th at 1 PM
Friday, October 15th, 2021 at noon 

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Francis Marion Hotel (SOLD OUT)
387 King Street 
Charleston, SC 29403

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General Information: We are currently developing our final schedule and will send out additional information in the coming weeks. As we implemented last year, we are going to focus on a specific topic for the event. (More to come) 

Call for Abstracts:  Due by August 1, 2021
For the 2021 WEDA Eastern Chapter meeting, we wanted to have a topic-specific event. With this in mind, we felt a relevant topic for this year’s event is Evolution and Future of Deepening Projects. We want to encourage presentations that focus on the life cycle of port deepening projects. These projects can include the preliminary evaluation of the project's economics, the engineering and design, the actual dredging itself, and the final project. We are also looking at projects that may not have gone forward. We are looking for presentations where the work was completed in the last 3 years and was performed along the eastern coast of the US. Presentations that focus on self-promotion, specific products or corporate marketing will not be accepted. The presenter will be allowed to have a corporate logo on the slides. The presentation should be 20 minutes with time for questions.


  • Abstracts must be in English
  • Abstracts cannot exceed one standard-size page (8.5”x11”) of a Microsoft Word® document with 1-inch left/right/top/bottom margins
  • Abstracts must be organized under the following required subheadings:
  • Background/Objectives
    • State the objective, situation, economic driver, history, and objectives that led to the work intended to be presented.
  • Approach/ Activities
    • Describe the phase of the project and identify what was done to achieve the final phase or project.
  • Results/Lessons Learned
    • Discuss the final outcome of the phase or project.

Abstracts must include the complete contact information for the presenting author and all co-authors (organization, postal mailing address, phone number, and email address).

Please forward abstracts to:

Steve Miller
Program Manager, WEDA Eastern Chapter
Ellicott Dredges, LLC

Tentative Agenda

  • Wednesday (10/13/21) afternoon will start the program with an opportunity to take the Dredging 101 course from 1 to 5 PM. Sponsors can set up their tables from 1 to 6 PM. An Ice Breaker Reception will be at the Francis Mation Hotel from 6-9 PM.
  • Thursday (10/14/21) agenda will consist of technical presentations and a luncheon program that will allow members to meet with USACE district representatives on a one-on-one basis. We are excited to announce that our reception will be at the South Carolina Aquarium. 
  • Friday (10/15/21) will continue with a half-day of technical presentations and conclude with chapter business at about noon. This year will include voting in a new member to the eastern chapter board. Additional details will be sent out soon.

Location: The Francis Marion Hotel became an instant Charleston landmark when it opened in 1924. Rising 12 stories above the Historic District, the hotel offers spectacular views of Charleston’s church steeples, antebellum mansions, and famous harbor, providing easy access to the wealth of Charleston’s historic attractions.

Hotel Reservations:
The Francis Marion Hotel where the meetings will be held is sold out. We have contracted a courtesy room block at the nearby Hampton Inn Historic District. Since everything is opening up Hotel rooms are going quickly. WE STRONGLY SUGGEST RESERVING YOUR ROOM NOW!

Hampton Inn Charleston Historic District
345 Meeting St, 
Charleston, SC 29403

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Click here to make a reservation online at the Hampton Inn.

Other nearby hotels that we DO NOT have a room block with:
Courtyard by Marriott - website
Embassy Suites - website

We will continue to monitor CDC, South Carolina, and Charleston COVID 19 guidelines. As guidelines are revised or change, we will make appropriate changes or updates to our venue to ensure that our conference will be safe and enjoyable for everyone.

Conference Registration: The registration fee structure is as follows: 

WEDA Member: $300
Non-member: $400
Gov't Employee: $200
Students: Free for qualifying students 


Premiere Sponsor - $2000.00 (Aquarium + Gold)

  1. Features the event's sponsorship at the South Carolina Aquarium and includes special recognition, signage, the ability to have a booth or table at the event, and marketing items.
  2. The opportunity to show a corporate video at the aquarium.
  3. Interactive logo on WEDA Eastern Chapter web site, advertising in Conference agenda, Conference PowerPoint rotation
  4. Project Pictures or video on Powerpoint
  5. Recognition at the event
  6. Signage at the event
  7. Table for exhibition

Gold - $1000.00

  1. Interactive logo on WEDA Eastern Chapter web site, advertising in Conference agenda, Conference PowerPoint rotation
  2. Project Pictures or video on Powerpoint
  3. Recognition at the event
  4. Signage at the event
  5. Table for exhibition

Silver - $500.00

  1. Interactive logo on WEDA Eastern Chapter web site, advertising in Conference agenda, Conference PowerPoint rotation
  2. Recognition at the event
  3. Signage at the event
  4. Table for exhibition

Sponsorships are available online using the following form.


See you in Charleston!

Andrew Timmis
J.F. Brennan Company, Inc.

 2019 WEDA Eastern Chapter Annual Meeting 

The WEDA Eastern Chapter was held at the Hotel Dupont from October 16-18, 2018 in Wilmington, DE. The Eastern Chapter Board would like to thank all of our speakers, attendees, strategic partners, corporate sponsors, exhibitors and members of the press for making the 2019 Eastern Chapter Meeting an overwhelming success! The presentations for this meeting have been uploaded and can be accessed by clicking HERE or using the presentation download library links at the bottom of this page. 

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you next year in Charleston, SC.


Eastern Chapter Presentation Download Library