Ohio 2018 Dredged Material Summit: October 15, 2018

September 24, 2018

Each year, harbors on Ohio’s north shore must be dredged to keep the shipping channels open so commodities/vessels can move in and out of the ports. Much of the dredged material is currently dumped in the open waters of Lake Erie. However, with the 2015 passage of Ohio Senate Bill 1, this will no longer be an option after July 1, 2020.

With proper characterization and handling, uncontaminated dredged material can be repurposed to improve the environment and the economy. Those uses include beach and nearshore nourishment, habitat creation and restoration, landscaping, road construction, land reclamation, landfill cover and in the manufacture of marketable products such as concrete, bricks, blocks, aggregate and topsoil.

Public, private and nonprofit stakeholders in and around the harbor areas are in an ideal position to help identify and benefit from developing viable dredged material uses. The first step is recognizing that the material is a valuable resource with real economic value.

To assist these efforts, the State will help identify potential end uses of the dredged material based on preliminary geotechnical and chemical characteristics. With the State’s help, the public and private sector in the region will then be able to capitalize on the environmental and economic opportunities created by this resource.

Summit Agenda

Discussion Topics Include:

  • Ohio’s Dredge Strategy
  • Sediment Profiling
  • Ohio Beneficial Use Rules Updates

Breakout Sessions On:

  • Dredge to Habitat – discussing benefits of dredge material to improve fish and wildlife habitat, enhance recreation and improve water quality
  • Dredge to Marketable Soil – discussing how dredge can be essentially converted into a marketable product
  • Dredge to Farmland – discussing dredge repurposes to enhance near-lake farmland