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2017 WEDA Environmental Excellence Awards Process and Criteria


The 2017 WEDA Environmental Excellence Awards will recognize projects for their outstanding contribution to meeting the goals of WEDA, which include:

Promote communication and understanding of environmental issues and stimulate new solutions associated with dredging and placement of dredged materials such that dredging projects, including navigation and environmental, are accomplished in an efficient manner while meeting environmental goals.


Three Environmental Excellence Awards will be given, one for each of the following categories:

  1. Dredging for Navigation (purpose is to create or maintain navigation channels);
  2. Environmental Dredging (purpose is environmental enhancement, e.g., remediation or wetland creation); and
  3. Mitigation or Adaptation to Climate Change. This category includes dredging or marine construction projects that exemplify and implement the WODA Statement on Mitigation and Adaptation to Climate Change. Click HERE to read the WODA Statement. [1]

[1] The focus of this category:

  • Increasing energy efficiency and managing carbon in relation to dredging projects, including reduction of carbon emissions and creating carbon sinks through habitat development;
  • Contributing to enhanced resilience and reducing risks to the world’s shorelines, coastlines, inland, estuarine and marine water resources, waterways, infrastructure; and
  • Advancing innovation, dredging knowledge, and best practices and sharing these to support the above actions.

These awards will be presented during the June 2017 WEDA Dredging Summit and Expo in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

  • Recognition will include a plaque, a press release, and a special highlight on the WEDA website.
  • The award will be for a project, and team members will be recognized.  The preference is for all project team members to be WEDA; however, at least one of the project team members must be a WEDA member in good standing.
  • The project must be related to dredging or marine engineering, consistent with WEDA’s mission, which includes beneficial use of dredged material.
  • The project must not have been completed more than three years from the date of the award application, or for longer term projects, specific increments or phases must have been completed to be eligible for consideration.
  • Applications will be accepted only for those projects that have been approved by all applicable regulatory agencies, and implemented. Project applications will not be accepted without necessary permissions from the project owner (if applicable).
  • Previous WEDA Environmental Excellence Award winners are not eligible to resubmit the same project, nor are projects that were previously submitted which did not win the WEDA Environmental Excellence Award.
  • After the June 2017 Vancouver Dredging Summit, the project application will be included as submitted on the WEDA website. The summary of the project of the Award winners, as written in the application, will be included in a press release and possibly in a newsletter or other electronic communication; submittal of an application grants permission for these actions.
  • Attendance of a project representative at the WEDA June 2017 Vancouver Dredging Summit is expected of all award applicants.
  • Posters from all applicants: Please bring a standard-sized poster (e.g., 24 inches by 36 inches or 50-60 cm by 70-80 cm) showing off the project to the Vancouver Dredging Summit will enhance all attendees’ understanding of the projects, the project team, and the project accomplishments. These will be displayed in the foyer leading to the exhibit hall. If you want to keep the poster, please make arrangements to have it return home with you.
  • While projects will be awarded based upon their merits using the ranking criteria provided below, the WEDA Environmental Excellence Awards Review Team does appreciate an application that is well formatted, easy to read, and explains how the project qualifies based on each ranking criteria.
  • The WEDA Environmental Excellence Awards Team that will review the applications are members of WEDA’s Environmental Commission.
  • Winners will be announced during the Gala Dinner on Wednesday evening during the Vancouver Dredging Summit on June 28, 2017.

Project Ranking Criteria

  • Environmental benefits (35 points)
  • What are the environmental benefits?
  • What unique environmental challenges were addressed?
  • Were any mitigation measures adopted? If so, list out the measures.
  • Did the project incorporate the principles within the approaches of working with nature or engineering with nature?
  • Innovation (20 points)
  • How does this project show leadership and take steps beyond "traditional" environmental protection efforts?
  • Did the project “break new ground” in addressing the environmental challenges?
  • What methods, technologies, or approaches (including partnerships) were used?
  • What sustainable approaches were applied?
  • Economic benefits (15 points)
  • Explain implementation of cost-effective methods, procedures, or practices in terms of environmental protection efforts. Were there project efficiencies?  Were there any specific cost-saving or economic enhancement components of the project?
  • What are the impacts on socio – economic aspects while considering the environmental benefits?
  • How does the project contribute to the economy?
  • Transferability (15 points)
  • Are the project characteristics and lessons learned transferable and can they be used by others addressing similar environmental issues?
  • Outreach and Education (15 points)
  • What education and/or outreach activities were undertaken?
  • What mechanisms were used to involve the broad array of stakeholders? 


  • Applications should be submitted in English.
  • Applications should clearly identify the award category: Navigation Dredging, Environmental Dredging, or Mitigation and Adaptation to Climate Change.
  • Important: Applications are to be no longer than 6 pages total length.
  • Outline of application:
    • Cover page. Does not count towards page count.
    • Summary: project description: goals, objectives, accomplishments (one page maximum). The Summary will be used in the press release.
    • Complete list of project team members and their affiliations, including the project owner, the role of the team members, WEDA membership status, and the nominating entity.
    • Environmental benefits
    • Innovation
    • Economic benefits
    • Transferability
    • Outreach and education
    • Inclusion of project figures, diagrams, or photographs is encouraged (maximum of three pages). These pages do not count towards the page count.

Applications should be submitted by April 17, 2017, in PDF format to Craig Vogt, Chair of WEDA’s Environmental Commission, at Craig@CraigVogt.com


2016 WODA Environmental Excellence Awards 

Press Release: Winners Announced for the 2016 Environmental Excellence Awards 

This year, The World Organization of Dredging Associations (WODA), during the gala dinner of its triennial international conference in Miami, proudly presented four Environmental Excellence Awards in two categories, Environmental Dredging and Dredging for Coastal Reinforcement. 

2016 Environmental Excellence Awards

For Environmental Dredging
Winner   Boeing’s Plant 2 Sediment Remediation and Urban Waterway Restoration at the Duwamish Waterway in Seattle, Washington, USA.   Project | Photo
Silver   Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge Marsh Habitat Restoration, Milton, Delaware, USA.   Project | Photo
For Dredging for Coastal Reinforcement
Winner   Medmerry Managed Realignment, Medmerry, England, United Kingdom.   Project | Photo
Silver   Hondsbossche and Pettemer Sea Defence, the Netherlands.   Project | Photo
Other notable nominations:
    Wisconsin River and Park Pond Remediation   Project    
    Bayou D’Inde (Area B)/Lower Canal Sediment Remediation Project Lake Charles, LA   Project    
    Pershing Park Boat Basin Dredging Racine County, Wisconsin   Project    

2015 Environmental Excellence Awards

Press Release: Winners Announced for the 2015 Environmental Excellence Awards | View Criteria

In 2015, two awards were made: one for a navigation dredging project and one for an environmental dredging project. These Awards were presented at the Dredging Summit & Expo in Houston for projects and their team members that best meet the goals of WEDA's Environmental Commission: 

2015 Environmental Excellence Awards

For Navigational Dredging
Winner   Strategically Placing Dredged Material Enhancing Horseshoe Bend Island   Project | Photo
Silver   Detroit Harbor Navigation Channel Dredging and Expansion Project   Project | Photo
For Environmental Dredging
Winner   East Branch Grand Calumet River Remediation East Chicago/Hammond, Indiana   Project | Photo
Silver   Esquimalt Graving Dock Waterfront Remediation Project, Vancouver Island, BC   Project | Photo
Other notable nominations:
    Port of Ridgefield Dredging   Project    
    Riverine Sand Mining / Scofield Island Restoration   Project    
    San Diego Bay   Project    

2014 Environmental Excellence Awards

For Navigational Dredging
Winner   Port of Kalama TEMCO Berth   Project | Award
Silver   Port of Stockton   Project | Award
For Environmental Dredging
Winner   Sheboygan River, WI   Project | Award
Silver   Hudson River PCBs Superfund   Project | Award
Other notable nominations:
    Puget Sound Naval Shipyard - Bremerton   Project    
    Mississippi River Dredging - St. Louis District   Project    
    Nanticoke River Maintenance Dredging   Project    
    Susquehanna River - Battery Island   Project    
    Contaminated Sediment Menominee River, WI   Project    
    Innovative Reuse of Dredged Material - Baltimore, MD   Project    

2013 Environmental Excellence Awards

For Navigational Dredging
Winner   Deer Island Restoration Project near Mobile, Alabama   Project | Award
Silver   Port of Long Beach, California, Middle Harbor Redevelopment Project   Project | Award
Silver   Integration of Traditional Navigation Projects with Shore Protection for Beneficial Uses   Project | Award
For Environmental Dredging
Winner   Environmental Dredging and Aquatic Enhancement of Lake Beauclair, FL   Project | Award
Silver   River Raisin Area of Concern Restoration Project in Monroe, MI   Project | Award
Other notable nominations:
    West Branch Grand Calumet River Remediation   Project    
    Schnabel Innovative use of Dredged Material Project   Project    
    Embraport Container and Bulk Terminal Santos, Brazil   Project    
    Long Island Sound Region - US Army Corps of Engineers   Project    
    US Army Corps of Engineers Dredge Murden Water Hydraulics System   Project    

Previous Environmental Excellence Awards