VIDEO: Pearce Creek Public Meeting and Tour

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Philadelphia District, last Friday, April 15th 2016, took local residents for a tour of the Pearce Creek Dredged Material Containment Field (DMCF) in Earleville, MD.

Although progress with the installation of the impermeable liner at the Pearce Creek DMCF has been slow, project engineer Gavin Kaiser led residents from Bay View Estates, West View Shores, and Sunset Pointe for the tour of the site.

Heavy rainfall in February made it difficult for the Corps contractors (Sealaska) to prepare more than 250-acre dredge spoil disposal site for placement of a synthetic liner that will prevent the leaching of natural contaminants into local groundwater. “Soggy ground made compaction of soil difficult, but warmer weather has speeded up efforts,” said Gavin Kaiser.

According to the officials, placing the 10 sections of Hallaton geo-membrane synthetic liner will be followed with a foot of soil over the top, hiding its presence from view and protecting its integrity.

The Pearce Creek DMCA is located in Cecil County, on the eastern bank of the Chesapeake Bay near the confluence of the Elk River and the Chesapeake Bay. The USACE acquired 996 acres of Pearce Creek DMCA property in 1937 when the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal (C&D Canal) was deepened.

Dredge material was placed in the field in 1937 and 1938, and then again beginning in the 1960s, until the last placement in 1993. It is estimated that 4.0 million cubic yards (mcy) of dredged material have been placed at the site.

The site was closed back in 2015 due to safety liabilities and the Corps started work on the placement of a synthetic liner on the property that will prevent leaching of contaminants into local water tables.

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3rd International Congress Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging

Russia’s leading maritime industry Media Group PortNews ( holds a traditional annual Congress “Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging” in Moscow. 

The two-day Congress includes the 7th International Forum of Dredging Companies and the 3rd Technical Conference “Modern Solutions for Hydraulic Engineering”.

Infrastructure development is among the real sources of Russia’s economy growth. Construction of port facilities and new hydraulic engineering structures on the country’s inland waterways constitute an essential part of all infrastructure projects. It is important to take into account the best international practices to implement these projects effectively.

The program of the Congress will be devoted to the latest technologies for dredging and hydraulic engineering works. Speakers and delegates will refer to real projects to discuss specifics features of dredging works, as well as dedicated fleet and equipment involved.

To learn more about event, please, contact the organizing committee:

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