Port of Everett Finally Gets Its Dredge Permit

Last month, after nearly 9 years of scientific studies and regulatory work with state and federal agencies, the Port of Everett received its marina maintenance dredging permit for the South and Central docks.

The permit was issued based on a unique scientific study, called a bioaccumulation study, that demonstrated the dredge material is environmentally acceptable for placement at the Port Gardner Bay open water dredge material disposal site.

The permit was extremely important because without it, dredging the marina would be cost prohibitive – seeing a price tag increase from roughly $5 million to $50 million for conducting one round of maintenance dredging within the South and Central Marinas, reported the Port.

There are 10 separate open water disposal sites located throughout Washington State that have been used since the 1980s to provide a safe and cost-effective place to put navigation dredge material. They are managed by the Dredged Material Management Program.

According to the Port, this program exists to facilitate navigation and maritime commerce, while guaranteeing protection of Washington’s aquatic environment. The sites are all located in deep water – selected by state and federal agencies because at these depths there is much less biological activity than in shallower areas.

In Port Gardner Bay, the site sits in water that is more than 500-ft deep. While the Port and other agencies have relied on these open water disposal sites for decades, recent policies by the state and federal permitting agencies have made the testing parameters and methods more stringent and science based.

The Port of Everett worked with the agencies for years within the new policies and went through a rigorous scientific process to ultimately obtain this highly important open water suitability determination for the Port’s marina dredge spoils.


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3rd International Congress Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging

Russia’s leading maritime industry Media Group PortNews (www.portnews.ru) 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: snitko@portnews.ru

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