Toxins in the Vicinity of the Proposed Norfolk and Dam Neck Disposal Sites.
OLD DOMINION UNIV NORFOLK VA APPLIED MARINE RESEARCH LAB
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Dredging activities are considered essential to the functioning of most ports in maintaining navigational channels. The major question concerning these operations is not whether dredging should be continued, since it is obvious that channels must be maintained and developed. Rather, the question most frequently addressed concerns where to dispose of the dredged material with the least possible ecological impact. Onshore, landfill disposal operations often create a number of socio-economic and ecological problems in the wetlands surrounding ports. In fact, any land available for such activities in highly urbanized port city is cost prohibitive. Therefore, a great deal of interest is being focused on the feasibility of open ocean disposal of dredged materials as an ecologically sound alternative to onshore disposal. This project represents an overview of a portion of an ongoing multidisciplinary program initiated by the Ocean Dumping Program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Army Corps fo Engineers. Its purpose is to assess the potential ecological impact of open ocean disposals of materials dredged from Hampton Roads, Virginia, a highly industrialized seaport.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
- Civil Engineering