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Midwest Chapter

The Midwest Chapter of WEDA represents Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin and Ontario, Canada.

2024 Midwest Chapter Meeting   |  Save the Date  |  

Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Thursday, March 14, 2024 

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The Ritz Carlton Cleveland

1515 W 3rd St
Cleveland, OH 44113


The 2024 WEDA Midwest Chapter meeting will be held March 12-14, 2024, at the Ritz Carlton in downtown Cleveland, OH. The call for abstracts will be released soon. 

Call for Abstracts:
For a successful conference, individuals and firms are invited to make presentations in the following areas:

Presentation Topics: 

  • Special Topic Requests for the 2024 Meeting in Cleveland:
    • Workforce Development
    • Beneficial Use of Dredge Material
    • Engineering with Nature
  • General Topics – Always Welcome:
    • Sediment Investigation
    • Environmental and Navigational Dredging
    • Shoreline Protection and Restoration
    • Sediment Management and Re-use
    • Surveying 

Please limit your abstract to one page. You will be invited to present at the conference if your abstract is accepted. The presentations are 20 minutes + 5 minutes of Q&A. You will not be asked to write and submit a technical paper; however, all speakers must register and pay appropriate fees for the meeting.

Send abstracts to: Aaron Wright at awright@jfbrennan.com 

The general schedule will be: 

  • Tuesday, March 12:
    • Dredging 201 Short Course from (1 PM to 5 PM)
    • Ice Breaker Reception at the hotel from (6 PM to 8 PM)
  • Wednesday, March 13:
    • Women of WEDA Event - TBD
    • Meeting and Presentations (8 AM – 12 PM)
    • Site Visit / Field Trip (1 PM – 5 PM). 
  • Thursday, March 14:
    • Presentations in the morning, followed by the Midwest Membership meeting. The conference ends around noon.

Located in the heart of a storied downtown, The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland celebrates the city’s spirit and culture while adding contemporary new elegance to an iconic Midwestern landmark. The city’s only luxury hotel offers 206 luxury guest rooms and suites featuring modern amenities, an all-day restaurant and lounge, a state-of-the-art fitness center, elevated meeting and event venues, and unrivaled activities that embrace the surroundings. The hotel is located 12 miles from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, about a 15 minutes via Uber.

Registration Fees:  

  • $400 WEDA Members
  • $500 non-members
  • $400 Gov't Employees
  • $200 Students
  • $150 Dredging 201 Short Course
  • $1200 Early Sponsorship (includes one (1) registration + Exhibit Table)

Early Sponsorship: (Rates increase on Jan. 12th)
Sponsorship packages for the 2024 Midwest Meeting are $1200 and include the following benefits:

  • One (1) registration for the meeting
  • 6' table and chairs for exhibition
  • Your company logo on this webpage, all meeting literature, and signage at the meeting.
  • Opportunity to distribute literature or other items at our registration desk (note this benefit is now available only to meeting sponsors).

Sponsorships are available online by clicking here.

Hotel Reservations:

See you in Cleveland!

Craig Harley
President, WEDA Midwest Chapter


2023 Midwest Chapter Meeting

On behalf of the WEDA Midwest Chapter Board, we want to thank everyone who attended last week's 2023 Midwest Chapter Meeting in Louisville, KY. We thank our sponsors, speakers, attendees, and media partners for making this meeting great.

Midwest Board
We sincerely thank Stan Ekren of Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company for his six years of dedication to the Midwest chapter board and welcome Paul Olander of Michels Construction, Inc. as our newest board member.

Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you in 2023 in Cleaveland, OH!

Stan Ekren
President, WEDA Midwest Chapter


Midwest Chapter Presentations Download Library