Regional Sediment Management News and Events

Regional Sediment Management - Regional Center of Expertise Question and Answer Session for Stakeholders
regarding request for proposals for beneficial use of dredged materials
Thursday February 15, 2018 1 p.m.
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Kings Bay RSM Contract: The Jacksonville District awarded a $33 million contract to dredge Kings Bay and beneficially placing 750,000 cubic yards of dredged sand on critically eroded portions of Fernandina Beach to reduce flood risks. The coordinated project provides an overall savings of $13.5 million ($7.5 million Navy, $6 million Fernandina Beach) and is an excellent example of an economically and environmentally sustainable RSM project.
News Release: Corps awards contract for U.S. Naval Station Kings Bay dredging and Fernandina Beach renourishment

Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association (AIWA): Clay McCoy presented at the AIWA Annual Meeting in Wilmington, NC of 15 November regarding the RSM-RCX’s collaborative work with the Savannah District on implementation of thin layer placement and deep hole filling on the AIWW at Jekyll Creek, Georgia.  This precedent setting work will provide opportunity for economical beneficial use placement of material within the coastal system where previously a lack of affordable placement opportunities has prevented dredging of the waterway.

Regional Sediment Management - Regional Center of Expertise

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Vision Statement

Delivering efficient and environmentally responsible projects built on Regional Sediment Management principles to support the mission of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Focus Areas

  1. Regional Sediment Management (RSM) Project Implementation
    • Planning and Policy Support
    • Engineering and Design
    • Contracting and Cost Estimating
  2. Directed Studies
  3. Outreach and Education

Fiscal Year 2018 Planned Activities (numbers indicate focus areas of planned activities)

  • Section 1122 (WRDA) Beneficial Use Pilot Project (1, 2, 3)
  • Southeast Coastal Assessment (SCA) (1, 2, 3)
  • South Atlantic Division (SAD) Value Engineering (VE) Report for Coastal NAV and FRM projects (1, 2, 3)
  • Implement RSM principles and increase overall project efficiency for 10 SAD projects (1, 2, 3)
  • Industry engagement to identify areas of inefficiency and opportunities to improve processes, products, and services (1, 3)
  • Collaboration with districts, division, federal/state/local agencies, and scientific community to inform and support R&D efforts to develop scientifically supported policies and regulations, more efficiently execute projects, and reduce environmental impacts (1, 2, 3)
  • SAD Feasibility Study Reviews (1, 3)
  • Development of web applications and management tools to make informed NAV and FRM decisions (1, 3)
  • Hurricane Irma response (1, 3)
  • Develop division-wide support and resources (3)

South Atlantic Division Optimization Pilot

The South Atlantic District Optimization Pilot (OP) was awarded the 2016 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Innovation of the Year. The OP focuses on value available through regionally managing sediments across projects and business lines, and optimizing regional dredging schedules. The Pilot documents potential value of over $120 million annually in SAD and allows project delivery teams and decision makers to maximize return on investment of appropriated dollars. Integrated Water Resource Management is an important future direction of USACE and the Pilot represents the first large-scale demonstration of the value provided by the business practice. In addition to cross business line benefits, the Pilot also highlights millions of dollars of value to be realized within the Navigation business lines through beneficial use of dredged sediment.

To view the web application developed for the project, visit:  navigation.usace.army.mil/SEM (publicly available first quarter of Fiscal Year 2018)

Thin Layer Placement Workshop

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The RSM RCX hosted two national Thin Layer Placement (TLP) workshops in Fiscal Year 2017 to provide information on TLP as a regional sediment management option. The workshops brought together experts from federal/state/local resource agencies to provide their experiences and concerns with this alternative to guide future decisions about the use of TLP for ecosystem restoration and as a beneficial use option for navigation dredged materials.

The two day workshop was hosted in Duval County, Florida and was attended by more than 75 people, including five U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Divisions and all South Atlantic Division Districts, as well as representatives from EPA, NOAA, USFWS, numerous state and county level environmental agencies, academia, and private industry, representing more than 10 states.

Sediment Sorting During Dredging

The RSM RCX developed an Interagency Agreement with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to quantify changes in sediment characteristics (i.e., grain size, sorting) and the degree, timing, and variability of sediment sorting during dredging and placement operations to determine the extent of potential sediment coarsening to better inform sediment compatibility analyses and subsequent management of sediment resources. Implications of the project include potential increase in borrow area inventories, reduction of environmental impacts and multiple use conflicts, and reduced project costs.

The two year study was initiated in Fiscal Year 2016 and includes U.S. Army Corps of Engineers expertise and support from the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) Coastal Hydraulics Laboratory, Regional Sediment Management (RSM), South Atlantic Division (SAD), and Jacksonville District (SAJ). For additional information, view the presentation from the BOEM Information Transfer Meeting on August 23, 2017.

     

Request for Proposals

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers publishes request for proposals for beneficial use of dredged materials

Washington (February 9, 2018) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers today published in the Federal Register its request for proposals for beneficial use of dredged material pilot projects pursuant to Section 1122 of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2016, Beneficial Use of Dredged Material.

Proposals must be submitted to USACE on or before March 12, 2018. More information on the program and solicitation can be found in the Federal Register notice, 83 Fed. Reg. 5763 (Feb. 9, 2018). It is available on line at https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/02/09/2018-02613/request-for-proposals-for-beneficial-use-of-dredged-material-pursuant-to-section-1122-of-the-water.

Section 1122 requires USACE to establish a pilot program to carry out 10 projects for the beneficial use of dredged material.  The pilot program can include projects for the purposes of:

  1. reducing storm damage to property and infrastructure;
  2. promoting public safety;
  3. protecting, restoring and creating aquatic ecosystem habitats;
  4. stabilizing stream systems and enhancing shorelines;
  5. promoting recreation;
  6. supporting risk management adaptation strategies; and
  7. reducing the costs of dredging and dredged material placement or disposal, such as
    projects that use dredged material for:
    1. construction or fill material;
    2. civic improvement objectives; and,
    3. other innovative uses and placement alternatives that produce public economic or environmental benefits.

Projects identified under Section 1122 must maximize the beneficial placement of dredged material from federal and non-federal navigation channels and ensure that the use of dredged material is consistent with all applicable environmental laws. USACE is required to carry out the pilot program in consultation with relevant state agencies and to establish regional teams to assist in the evaluation of the proposals.

USACE implementation guidance (including selection criteria) for carrying out the provisions of Section 1122 and information on submitting a proposal can be found at http://www.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Project-Planning/Legislative-Links/wrda2016/wrda2016_impguide/.

The Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, ASA(CW) is required to submit a report to the Congress within two years that includes:

  1. a description of the projects selected under the pilot program;
  2. documentation supporting each of the projects selected;
  3. the findings of regional beneficial use teams regarding project selection; and
  4. any recommendations of the ASA(CW) or regional beneficial use teams with respect to the pilot program.

The program terminates after completion of the 10 beneficial use pilot projects.

News Release no. 18-014
Contact
Gene Pawlik
202-761-7690
Eugene.A.Pawlik@usace.army.mil
or
Doug Garman
202-761-1807
Doug.M.Garman@usace.army.mil

Contact Information

Director

904-232-3915

Assistant Director

904-232-3657

RSM.Center@usace.army.mil