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HDR’s Joe Wagner Explains Water Injection Dredging and Its Benefits

Parul Dubey on April 5, 2023 - in Water

OMAHA, Neb. — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers this year outlined its intention to increase the beneficial use of dredge material. Water injection dredging, a technique commonly used in Europe, offers one way to meet these new goals. HDR Senior Dredging Engineer Joe Wagner helped the only U.S. port to use this method so far and has been a leading proponent of its effectiveness.

In the latest from HDR’s Experts Talk series, Wagner explains the technique, how to determine whether it’s a good fit for a port and where it’s been used. Republication of the article or separate interviews with Wagner are available on request.

This technique uses the natural current of a waterway to move sediment away from a channel. It fulfills the Corps’ new directive outlined in the January 2023 “Beneficial Use of Dredged Material Command Philosophy Notice,” which shares an intention to increase its use of beneficial use of dredge material.

“This is a great technique that has the potential to solve problems for ports in an environmentally friendly way,” Wagner said. “I am passionate about sharing it, and I hope that this move from the Corps will spur greater use of injection dredging in the U.S.”

HDR’s Experts Talk interview series shines a light on various aspects of transportation infrastructure design and delivery. Each subject matter expert offers unique expertise and insights about new and ongoing trends, emerging technologies and the human side of infrastructure.

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