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WEDA Hall of Fame

2017 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

Anthony Binsfeld
In recognition for his life's work in and towards advancement of the dredging industry, and commitment to innovative technologies and practices, the Western Dredging Association is pleased to honor Tony Binsfeld by awarding him WEDA's 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award.

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 2017 Dredger of the Year Award Winner

Dr. Donald Hayes, PE, BCEE
In recognition of Dr. Donald Hayes' extensive and outstanding contributions to the dredging community and to the Western Dredging Association, WEDA is please to honor Dr. Donald Hayes by naming him the 2017 Dredger of the Year.

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2017 Safety Award Winners

2017 Safety Award Winner - Dredging Contractor    
J.F. Brennan Company, Inc.
WEDA is pleased to present WEDA’s 2017 Annual Safety Excellence Award for a Dredging Contractor to J.F. Brennan Company, Inc. for delivering over 2,225,000 man hours without a lost time incident. JF Brennan Company’s exemplary safety commitment and dedication meet and exceed the Western Dredging Association’s stated safety desire to raise safety awareness throughout the dredging and marine construction industry and are greatly appreciated.
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2017 Safety Award Winner - Dredging Project    
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, LLC
WEDA is pleased to present WEDA’s 2017 Annual Safety Excellence Award for a Dredging Project to Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, LLC for the John Redmond Dredging Phase 1.
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2017 Environmental Excellence Award Winners

For Navigational Dredging
Winner   Onondaga Lake Restoration in Syracuse, New York, USA   Project | Photo
For Environmental Dredging
Winner   Barbours Cut Expansion/San Jacinto Restoration Houston Ship Channel and San Jacinto River, La Porte, Texas, USA   Project | Photo
Mitigation and Adaptation to Climate Change:
Winner   Strategically Placing Dredged Material Enhancing Horseshoe Bend Island, Horseshoe Bend Island Project in the Atchafalaya River, Louisiana, USA   Project | Photo

Best Paper Awards for Dredging Summit & Expo 2017:

Dredging Contractors of America / WEDA Best Paper Award:
Application of Laboratory and Modeling Tools to Design Thin Layer Placements Projects for Marsh Nourishment  - view paper
Susan Bailey, Zachary Tyler and Timothy Welp (United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE))

DSC Dredge, LLC Best Paper Award:
Optimizing Construction Equipment for Long-Reach Excavation in the Dredging Industry - view paper
Ben Evans (Caterpilliar, Inc.)

Anchor QEA Young Author Best Paper Award:
System Thinking Approach to Modernization and Maintenance of Aging Inland Waterways Infrastructures - view paper
Zeynep Alkas (PhD Student George Washington University)
Dr. Anna Franz, Ph.D. (Office of the US Courts)
Dr. James S. Wasek, D.Sc. (MITRE Corporation)

Best Booth Awards for Dredging Summit & Expo 2017:

The best booth award was given to the HYPACK / XYLEM Booth


Past Lifetime Achievement Award Winners

  • 2016 Bob Randall
  • 2015 Greg Hartman
  • 2014 Larry Patella
  • 2013 Ruud Ouwerkerk & Judy Powers
  • 2012 Albert J. Savage III
  • 2011 Donald R. King
  • 2010 Eric H. Seagren
  • 2009 James P. Rausch
  • 2008 Mort Richardson
  • 2007 Thomas J. Wetta III
  • 2006 John B. Herbich
  • 2005 George Watts
  • 2004 Robert J. Hopman

Past Dredgers of The Year

  • 2016 Michael Palermo
  • 2015 Michael Gerhardt
  • 2014 Bob Wetta
  • 2013 Tom Verna
  • 2012 Anchor QEA, LLC
  • 2011 Ancil S. Taylor
  • 2010 Raymond Bergeron
  • 2009 Peter Armistead Bowe
  • 2008 Judith Powers
  • 2007 Victor Buhr
  • 2006 Charles "Chuck" Hummer and Robert E. Randall
  • 2005 Ram K. Mohan
  • 2004 Thomas Wang
  • 2003 Leonard Juhnke
  • 2002 Thomas M. Verna and Glenn Thomas
  • 2001 U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers
  • 2000 Craig Vogt
  • 1999 Frank Hazen
  • 1998 Hannon Hairston
  • 1997 William R. Murden
  • 1996 T. L. James Company
  • 1995 John B. Herbich
  • 1994 William F. Zenga
  • 1993 Gregory L. Hartman
  • 1992 Charles E. Settoon
  • 1991 George Watts

Past Environmental Award Winners

  • 2016 Dredging for Coastal Reinforcement
    • Medmerry Managed Realignment, Medmerry, England, United Kingdom.
  • 2016 Environmental
    • Boeing’s Plant 2 Sediment Remediation and Urban Waterway Restoration at the Duwamish Waterway in Seattle, Washington, USA.
  • 2015 Navigational
    Strategically Placing Dredged Material Enhancing Horseshoe Bend Island
  • 2015 Environmental
    East Branch Grand Calumet River Remediation
  • 2014 Navigational
    Port of Kalama TEMCO Berth
  • 2014 Environmental
    Sheboygan River, WI
  • 2013 Navigational
    Deer Island Restoration Project near Mobile, Alabama
  • 2013 Environmental
    Environmental Dredging and Aquatic Enhancement of Lake Beauclair, FL
  • 2012 Port of Anacortes, Washington
  • 2011 Navigational
    Corps of Engineers (PNWA)
  • 2011 Environmental 
    CH2M HILL and Ryba Marine Construction Company

Past Safety Award Winners

  • 2016 Dredging Contractor - J.F. Brennan Company, Inc.
  • 2016 Dredging Project - Pine Bluff Sand and Gravel Company
  • 2015 Dredging Contractor - Manson Construction Company
  • 2015 Dredging Project - Terra Contracting Services, LLC
  • 2014  - Enbridge Ceresco Dam Dredging Project & Onondaga Lake Remediation Project
  • 2013  - Hile Group
  • 2012  - Anchor QEA, LLC

Past Booth Awards Winners

  • 2015 Most Eye Appealing
    Survey Equipment Services
  • 2015 Most Educational
    Pearce Pump & Supply
  • 2013 Most Appealing
    Anamar Environmental Consulting, Inc.
  • 2013 Most Educational
    Aqua Survey
  • 2012 Most Appealing
    Anamar Environmental Consulting, Inc.
  • 2012 Most Educational
    HB Wick Drains, A Division of Hayward
  • 2011 Most Appealing
    Rain For Rent
  • 2011 Most Educational
    American Chemical Technologies Inc
  • 2010 Most Appealing
    ARC Surveying and Mapping
  • 2010 Most Educational
    Tencate Geotube
  • 2009 Most Appealing
    HYPack, Inc
  • 2009 Most Educational
    Earth Cam, Inc