The Lower Columbia Solutions Group (LCSG) conducted a January 14, 2020 workshop to explore the opportunities and constraints to federal funding for nearshore and on-shore beneficial use projects for the disposal of dredged materials from the Mouth of the Columbia River, as well as to develop plans for 2020/2021 beneficial use projects in the nearshore and on-shore along the Oregon and Washington coasts. The workshop was organized around four key objectives:
- Assuming that we have progressed from a series of pilot projects to a routine disposal and monitoring program at the South Jetty Site, what is the threshold for no harm in terms of disposal volume? Are we comfortable that the site’s re-certification process scheduled for 2022 will provide the appropriate process and timing for assessing the need for adaptive management of disposal and monitoring at this site?
- What can we conclude about the North Head Site from the two-year pilot project? What are the next steps for this site?
- Based on what have we learned today about RSM authorities and funding opportunities, what are the strategies and next steps for establishing a sustainable beneficial use program at MCR?
- What is the overall strategy and the next steps for implementing onshore placement at Benson Beach?