First Steps Toward Achieving Disposal Area Reuse.
ARMY ENGINEER WATERWAYS EXPERIMENT STATION VICKSBURG MISS
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The objectives of research on disposal area reuse are simply to develop procedures for maintaining a dredged material disposal area for an indefinite period while providing environmentally acceptable disposal operations. The reusable dredged material disposal area is a collection and processing site where valuable portions of the dredged material are made available for productive use while unusable material is, if necessary, treated and disposed of. Methods and procedures must provide for continuous or periodic removal of dredged material for use or storage elsewhere in order to increase the life expectancy of the facility. In the Mobile Bay Area, plans for expansion of disposal areas have been abandoned in some cases because of objections from local residents and environmental constraints. Thus, the need for maximizing the useful life of existing sites in this area is pressing. This paper presents results from a field study in the Mobile Bay Area outlining the first steps taken toward the development of a reusable disposal area. Plans and concepts are discussed regarding the long range planning required to maintain use of sites for indefinite periods. This paper does not present a panecea for dredged material disposal problems because it is not available now nor will it be in the future. Each reusable disposal area will have to be developed based on its own needs and local environment. Author
- Civil Engineering