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WEDA's Dredging 101 Short Course  

Basics of Dredging, Dredged Material Management and Environmental Considerations

Fees: $100 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. 

Wednesday, October 26th
8 AM to Noon

Hyatt Regency San Francisco Downtown SOMA 
50 3rd Street 
San Francisco, CA 94103

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General Course Overview:  -  View draft outline
The Dredging 101 - “Basics of Dredging, Dredged Material Management and Environmental Considerations” course has been developed and is provided exclusively by the Western Dredging Association (WEDA) for the purpose of helping anyone interested in learning about the basics of dredging and dredged material and environmental considerations in an easy, enjoyable and efficient manner.

The course material was established to give a comprehensive overview of:

  • what dredging is;
  • why it is being performed;
  • how it is being done;
  • what types of equipment are being used;
  • what factors are used to determine the equipment type, including transporting dredged material;
  • what dredged material disposal or placement (e.g., beneficial use) options are available;
  • what are the environmental concerns about dredging and disposal of dredged material;
  • what are the measures to manage potential environmental impacts;
  • what regulations/permits apply to dredging and dredged material disposal or placement;

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

Who Should Attend?
The course is ideally suited for those that are not involved in dredging for a major portion of their normal daily work or have had specific schooling in dredging. Individuals that deal with dredging occasionally or somewhat frequently as part of their work and need to have a good working knowledge and understanding of dredging will benefit from this course.

  • federal, state, and local regulators and environmental resource managers
  • project managers
  • journalists
  • new contractors
  • environmental consulting engineers and environmental scientists;
  • members of environmental interest groups;
  • anyone who has to communicate with others about specifics of dredging projects;

About the Instructor:

The Dredging 101 course will be presented by Dr. Don Hayes. Dr. 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. 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 Dredging 101 Course 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 at a very low cost of $100.

The Dredging 101 course registration is located on the Pacific Chapter registration page. The course can be added to your registration or purchased separately. Pacific Chapter Meeting registration is not mandatory to participate in the course.

All participants: $100

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

Thanks and we look forward to seeing you in San Francisco!