Wilmington, De. to host the Eastern Chapter WEDA Fall 2019 Conference with main focus on Beneficial Use of Dredged Materials. October 16-18

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Posted September 17, 2019

Final Schedule

October 16-18, 2019
The Dupont Hotel, Wilmington, DE
WEDA Eastern Chapter Meeting Program

October 16th

1:00 – 4:00 WEDA Dredging 101 Course

4:00-6:00 Early Sign-In

6:00-8:00Icebreaker Reception at the The Hotel DuPont, Gold Room

October 17th

7:00-8:15 Breakfast

Continental Breakfast

8:15-8:20 Welcome

Andrew Timmis, WEDA Eastern Chapter President

8:20-8:30WEDA Update, Thomas Cappellino, WEDA

1. Own It: Our Role in Man Overboard Near Deaths

Presenters: Julie Hile, President, Hile Group, Dave Johanson, VP - Project Director Charleston Deepening, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock

2. A Coastal Sediment Crisis of Dust Bowl Proportions: Why we need a New Deal for Beneficially Using Sediment

Presenter: Derek Brockbank, Executive Director, American Shore & Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA)

3. Creating Tidal Wetland Marshes with Deep Layers of Dredged Material

Presenter: Jake Derolf, Project Engineer, Dan Behnke, Sr. Coastal Engineer, Dennis Urso, Vice President, Gahagan & Bryant Associates


4,5,6,7. Panel Discussion Beneficial Use in the Chesapeake Bay

Moderator: Walter Dinicola, Anchor QEA


  • Doug Myers, Maryland Senior Scientist, Chesapeake Bay Foundation
  • Kristen Keene, Innovative Reuse Program Manager, Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Port Administration
  • Jackie Specht, Natural Resource Planner, Maryland Department of Natural Resources
  • Isaac Hametz, Principal & Research Director, Mahan Rykiel Associates

Membership meeting

Lunch with the USACE

Back by popular demand, this segment was developed for engineers, contractors, agencies and owners to meet one on one with the USACE District personal to discuss specific programs, work schedules and bidding opportunities.

1:30- 1:55
8. Guidance for Thin Layer Placement of Dredged Material

Presenter: Timothy Welp, U.S. Army Corps Engineer Research and Development Center

1:55 - 2:20
9. Identifying Collaborative Opportunities for Natural Infrastructure

Using the Natural Infrastructure Opportunity Tool (NIOT)

Presenter: Safra Altman, US Army Engineer Research and Development Center

2:20 – 2:40

2:40 – 3:05
10. The Beneficial Use of Dredged Material as a Tool for Saltmarsh Ecosystem Restoration in Coastal New Jersey: Lessons Learned from Fortescue, NJ, Presenter: W. Scott Douglas, Dredging Program Manager, NJDOT – Office of Maritime Resources

3:05 – 3:30
11. Restoring and Enhancing Salt Marsh Habitat with Dredged Sediment: Two Rhode Island Case Studies

Presenter: Caitlin Chaffee, Policy Analyst, Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC)

Adjourn for the day

Historic Tour of the Dupont Hotel

Walking tour of Wilmington (Self-guided)

6:00 – 8:00
Happy hour event highlighting Young WEDA

Iron Hill Brewery

Dinner on your own

October 18th


Women of WEDA Meeting



Andrew Timmis, WEDA Eastern Chapter President

12. Elevation Enhancement Restoration: Successes and Improving Adaptive

Management Strategy along the Mid-Atlantic Coast

Presenter: Bartholomew Wilson, Project Manager, Coastal Delaware National Wildlife Refuge Complex, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

13. Issues Associated with the Management of Dredge Material from CDFs and Mechanical Dredging Projects in New Jersey

Presenter: Frank Senske, Vice President & Jerry Vetter, President, Mobile Dredging & Video Pipe, Inc.

14. Determining the Effectiveness of Ferrate-Treated Slurry Precipitate as a Soil Conditioner

Presenter: Leigh Ann Provost (USACE/ERDC)

15. Beneficial Use of Dredged Environmental Sediment

Presenter: Eric Dievendorf, Sr. Project Engineer, Arcadis U.S., Inc.



16. New Work Dredged Material Brings Life to the Bottom of Charleston Harbor

Presenter: Bethney Ward, US Army Corps of Engineers, Charleston District

Dave Johanson, VP - Project Director Charleston Deepening, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock


17. Treatability Studies to Support On-Site Beneficial Re-Use of Tidal Flats Sediments at a CERCLA Site

Presenter: Tony Delano, USACE New England District


18. Recent Experience with Channel Dredging and Innovative Placement to Support Coastal Resilience In New Jersey, Presenter: Monica Chasten, US Army Corps of Engineers, Philadelphia District


Closing Remarks

Andrew Timmis
WEDA Eastern Chapter President