Dredging

Dredging

The maintenance of adequate water depths within navigation channels associated with harbors, ports, and inland navigation waterways is critical for a continued safe commercial marine shipping industry as well as cruise ship and recreational boating operations. It is also important to ensure this maintenance dredging has minimal impacts on the natural marine environment. To assist the dredging industry as well as with various government agencies tasked with maintaining safe navigation channels while minimizing adverse impacts, CSA conducts bathymetric and geophysical surveys to assess specific site conditions, performs current meter studies for assistance in modeling efforts, and designs and implements multi-year physical and biological monitoring programs to help ensure the success of dredging projects. In cases where accidental impacts to marine resources have occurred, CSA scientists are available to assess the extent of the damage or injury, prepare damage incident reports, negotiate with resource agencies, and—in many cases—successfully restore or remediate the damaged habitat.

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