WorkBoat: “Contaminated River and Harbor Sediments” Webinar (USA)

Contaminated River and Harbor Sediments Webinar

In the US alone, the Environmental Protection Agency has estimated that there is approximately 1.2 billion cubic yards of contaminated sediment under the country’s waterways.

How is remediating contaminated sediments creating new markets for dredging contractors, vessel operators, and environmental professionals?

To address this topic, has scheduled a March 27 webinar, “Contaminated River and Harbor Sediments–Problems, Potential and Profits.” The webinar is scheduled for 1 p.m. (Eastern).

Estimates for clean sediment disposal range from $500 to $944 per cubic yard with dredging costs over $194 per cubic yard,” said Ken Hocke, Senior Editor, WorkBoat, who will moderate the webinar. “This extra expense has complicated the debate over port and waterway maintenance.”

Hocke said the webinar is designed to call the industry’s attention to three important issues:

1. The extent of the problem of sediment contamination and how it will affect the marine industry.

2. What must be done to clean up the waterways, including sediment disposal technologies and where the marine industry fits into the picture?

3. What business opportunities are being created in contaminated sediment dredging and disposal?

Kevin Olsen, Passaic River Institute, Montclair State University, will be the featured webinar speaker. Olsen is the Instrumentation Specialist on the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department’s support staff at the University. His current research interests include contaminated estuarine sediments. Before coming to Montclair State, Olsen worked in the environmental, instrumentation, and pharmaceutical industries.

The popular webinar series allows the marine industry to stay on top of what’s going on in the industry and what’s in store for the future — from business management to marine industry specific topics.

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Press Release, March 14, 2013