On October 22nd, BPC held its annual Dredging & Beneficial Reuse Workshop. Over 100 people attended the first virtual iteration of the Workshop, which hit on topics including ongoing federal dredging programs such as the San Francisco Regional Dredge Material Management Plan (RDMMP) and Stockton Deepening Project, updates on Beneficial Reuse Sites, the Coastal Conservancy’s Offloader Procurement Strategy, and more.
Among many takeaways from the event, speakers reported that upland beneficial reuse with clamshell dredging methods requires significant additional manning and costs, and that if we want to decrease the cost differential and ultimately increase beneficial reuse, then we should look at additional hopper dredging or hopper dredging methods. However, that will require some significant coordination with the resource agencies in relation to the protection of threatened and endangered species.
If you attended the Workshop, we welcome any feedback: to provide your thoughts, or if you’d like to get involved with BPC’s Dredging & Beneficial Reuse Committee, please contact Roman Berenshteyn.