Regional Sediment Management in the Corps of Engineers
ENGINEER RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER VICKSBURG MS COASTAL AND HYDRAULICS LAB
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Regional Sediment Management RSM refers to the effective utilization of littoral, estuarine, and riverine sediment resources in an environmentally effective and economical manner. RSM strives to maintain or enhance the natural exchange of sediment within the boundaries of the physical system. A region may include a variety of geologic features, uplands, beaches, inlets, rivers, estuaries, and bays. Implementation of RSM recognizes that the physical system and embedded ecosystems are modified and respond beyond the formal dimensions and time frames of individual projects. The larger spatial and longer temporal perspectives of RSM, as well as the broad range of disciplines with a stake in RSM projects, result in partnerships and co-leadership of RSM initiatives by the stakeholders. This paper discusses ongoing demonstrations of RSM by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers USACE. Six USACE District offices are implementing RSM demonstration projects, and two Districts within the State of Florida have developed their RSM plans with consensus and partnership with the State of Floridas Department of Environmental Protection FDEP, Office of Beaches and Coastal Systems OBCS. The paper concludes by highlighting numerical models that have been applied at the USACE District, New York for RSM, and Research and Development RD being conducted and planned at the Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory CHL in support of RSM.
- Administration and Management
- Hydrology, Limnology and Potamology