SERDP and ESTCP Workshop on Research and Development Needs for Long-Term Management of Contaminated Sediments
DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF DEFENSE RESEARCH AND ENGINEERING ARLINGTON VA STRATEGIC ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
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Sediment contamination remains a significant liability for the Department of Defense DoD, with overall liabilities estimated to approach 2 billion. Contaminants at DoD sites include a wide variety of compounds including polychlorinated biphenyls, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, various metals and metalloids, and military-unique compounds such as munitions constituents. Most of these contaminants tend to remain in the sediment long-term, resulting in persistent exposure to ecological and human receptors. Environmental restoration and closure of these contaminated sites is a top priority for DoD. Since 1996, the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program SERDP and the Environmental Security Technology Certification Program ESTCP have supported research and demonstration strategies for sediment characterization, site restoration and long-term monitoring to support DoD restoration goals. Beginning in 2004, SERDP and ESTCP recognized the need to hold strategic planning sessions to identify and prioritize research needs that could have the greatest impact on sediment site restoration. Workshops were previously held in 2004, and again in 2008, to identify high priority needs for research, development, and field demonstrations. As DoD site management priorities for contaminated sediments are changing, SERDP and ESTCP identified the need to update the strategic research investment plan. Over the next five to ten years, the DoD programs will emphasize achieving site closure. Sediment sites will be completing feasibility studies, designing and implementing remedies, or be engaged in the long-term monitoring of the success of those implemented alternatives. Any new investigation work will largely be associated with identifying recontamination sources within the local and regional watersheds, and with emerging contaminants.
- Hydrology, Limnology and Potamology