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WODA Recognizes Four Dredging Projects for Environmental Excellence

During the 2016 World Dredging Conference Gala held in Miami, Florida, the 2016 World Organization of Dredging Associations (WODA) Environmental Excellence Awards recognized four projects for outstanding environmental solutions associated with dredging and placement of dredged materials.

Environmental Excellence Awards in two categories, Environmental Dredging and Dredging for Coastal Reinforcement, were presented.

Environmental Excellence Award for Environmental Dredging

First Prize was presented to the Project Team for Boeing’s Plant 2 Sediment Remediation and Urban Waterway Restoration at the Duwamish Waterway in Seattle, Washington. The Project Team members were comprised of The Boeing Company, Amec Foster Wheeler, Dalton, Olmsted & Fuglevand, Inc. (DOF), Envirocon, Inc., Quigg Bros., Inc., Ballard Diving & Salvage and Waste Management.

Upon receiving the award, a spokesman for the project said the WODA award was a special honor because, “This is probably the one group who would recognize how significant this project was.”

He noted that the project combined four different types of projects together and was a significant project to permit and added: “Just this past month we did our first biological sampling of the habitat area and in this abatement that we create we found over 600 juvenile fish and 300 of them were native salmon . . . We’ve been able to clean up the habitat, redevelop the Boeing property, and create a habitat that is really successful.”

The Silver Award winner in the “Environmental Dredging” category was Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge Marsh Habitat Restoration, Milton, Delaware.The Project Team members included Amec Foster Wheeler, Atkins, Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control – Division of Fish & Wildlife, Delaware Department of Transportation, Dredge America, EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc., PBC, Environmental Restoration & Management, Gahagan & Bryant Associates, Inc., Norfolk Dredging Company, Stantec, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

Environmental Excellence Award for Dredging for Coastal Reinforcement

First prize winner was the Project Team for Medmerry Managed Realignment, Medmerry, England. The Project Team members were Mackey, Environment Agency, RSPB, Arcadis and Jacobs.

The Silver Award went to the Project Team for Hondsbossche and Pettemer Sea Defence, the Netherlands. Project Team Members were the consortium ZSNH Combinatie Van Oord – Boskalis.

The awards were presented by Dr. Ram Mohan, President, WODA, and Craig Vogt, Chair of the WODA Environmental Commission. WODA called for nominations earlier in 2016 and the winners were selected by an independent team. Criteria included Environmental Benefit, Innovations, Economic Benefit, Transferability, and Outreach & Education.

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