Contaminated marine sediments threaten ecosystems, marine resources, and human health. They can have major economic impacts when controversies over risks and costs of sediment management interfere with needs to dredge major ports.
Contaminated Sediments in Ports and Waterways examines management and technology issues and provides guidance that will help officials make timely decisions and use technologies effectively. The book includes recommendations with a view toward improving decision making, developing cost-effective technologies, and promoting the successful completion of cleanup projects.
The volume assesses the state of practice and research and development status of both short-term and longer-term remediation methods. The committee provides a conceptual overview for risk-based contaminated sediment management that can be used to develop plans that address complex technological, political, and legal issues and the interests of various stakeholders. The book emphasizes the need for proper assessment of conditions at sediment sites and adequate control of contamination sources.
"Contaminated Sediments in Ports and Waterways is a book aimed at bringing understanding to the decision-making process of dealing with contaminated sediments. It summarizes information from researchers; federal, state, and local goverment agencies; port authorities; industry; and public interest groups working in the field of contaminated sediments. In addition, it discusses the need to balance risk, cost, and benefits when dealing with contaminated sediments and provides insight on how this can be done through a systems approach...This book is a good source of information for researchers, project managers, and policymakers, including federal, state, and local government agencies, involved with remediation of contaminated sediments."