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Managing the 5R's of Environmental Dredging  

Removal, Resuspension, Release, Residuals, and Risk 

Fees: $150 for all participants

The Western Dredging Association (WEDA) is a professional organization connecting individuals, companies, other organizations and individuals interested in the field of dredging within North, South & Central America. 








General Course Overview:  -  View draft outline
The 5Rs of Environmental Dredging - Removal, Resuspension, Release, Residuals, and Risk - continue to be important aspects in design and implementation of contaminated sediment remedies. This 4-hour short course provides methods to assess and predict effective removal of sediments by dredging and an understanding of the potential impact of residual and resuspended sediments. The short course will then provide methods to manage the 5Rs including operational approaches and engineered controls to achieve successful projects.

This course qualifies for 4 Professional Development Hours (PDH's). Certificates will be issued via email upon request. 

Who Should Attend?
The intended audience includes stakeholders (agency personnel, potentially responsible parties, design consultants, and contractors) involved in the evaluation and design of sediment remedies using environmental dredging as a remedy component. Lessons learned from recent case studies will be included for each topic.

About the Instructors:
The 5R's on Environmental Dredging will be presented by Dr. Mike Palermo & Dr. Donald Hayes.

Dr. Michael R. Palermo is a  consulting engineer with over 40 years of experience in Dredged Material Management and Contaminated Sediment Remediation, serving both private sector and government clients. Prior to entering consulting practice in 2003, Dr. Palermo served for 36 years with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and served as Director of the Center for Contaminated Sediments at the Waterways Experiment Station (WES). He has authored numerous publications in the area of dredging and dredged material disposal technology and remediation of contaminated sediments, including USACE and USEPA guidance documents for subaqueous capping, contaminated sediment remediation, and environmental dredging for sediment remediation. He was the lead author of the 2008 USEPA Technical Guidelines for Environmental Dredging of Contaminated Sediments. He currently provides design services and technical review and oversight for clients, both in the U.S. and abroad, on a wide range of sediment remediation and navigation projects involving contaminated sediments. Dr. Palermo is a Registered Professional Engineer, a member of the Western Dredging Association, International Navigation Association (PIANC), and American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). He has served on the adjunct faculty at Texas A&M University and Mississippi State University is a peer reviewer for ASCE Journal of Environmental Engineering and Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal, and Ocean Engineering, and is also Associate Editor for the WEDA Journal of Dredging Engineering.

Dr. Donald Hayes worked as a Research Environmental Engineer at the U.S. Army Engineering Research and Development Center from 1978-1991, then again from July 2018 - October 2021 when he retired. Between 1991 and 2018, he held multiple academic appointments including Chair of the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Construction at the University of Nevada Las Vegas and Director of the Institute for Coastal Ecology & Engineering at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Dr. Hayes earned BS and MS degrees in Civil Engineering from Mississippi State University in Civil Engineering and a PhD from Colorado State University in Environmental Engineering/Water Resources Planning & Management as. Dr. Hayes is a member of the WEDA Board of Directors and a member of the WEDA Environmental Commission. He is a licensed professional engineer in 3 states (LA, MS, NV), a Diplomate of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists, and a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Dr. Hayes currently provides consulting and educational services related to environmental aspects of dredging, dredged material management, and beneficial use through The Dredging Professor LLC.

This 5 R's of Environmental Dredging is being offered by WEDA as part of our mission to share knowledge and information about dredging. Because WEDA is a non-profit organization, with its goal not to make money but to share information, WEDA is offering this course for $150 per participant.

The registration for the 5R's course is located on the Dredging Summit & Expo registration page. The course can be added to your registration or purchased separately. Dredging Summit & Expo registration is not mandatory to participate in the course.

All participants: $150

If you have any questions or need assistance registering, please contact us at info@westerndredging.org.

Thanks and we look forward to seeing you soon!