In 2016, Ohio held the Ohio’s Digging Up Ideas workshop, to help identify alternatives for dredged material and barriers for possible use. That workshop gave the State and others a lot of great ideas that Ohio, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, businesses and local stakeholders have vigorously pursued. Now, it’s time for us to report back on our progress and ask for more advice.
The 2018 Ohio Dredged Material Summit will be held at Lorain County Community College on Oct. 15. The summit will discuss Ohio’s dredge strategy, sediment profiling and provide an update about Ohio’s beneficial use rules. Highly interactive breakout sessions include:
- 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 material can be essentially converted into a marketable product.
- Dredge to Farmland – discussing dredge material repurposes to enhance near-lake farmland.
Among others, the summit seeks participation from experts in: brownfields; brick and clay products; transportation and logistics; economic development; city and regional planning; parks and natural areas; habitat creation and restoration; and mining. For up-to-date information about Ohio’s dredged material program, and more detail about the 2018 Ohio Dredged Material Summit, please visit epa.ohio.gov/dir/dredge.