Why dredging is a necessary practice

Hello, everyone. Welcome back to the U.S. Aqua Services blog. If you’re not already aware, we’re a dredging company that services all areas of the world that are in need of dredging and jetting services. Our mantra is to restructure the way that people envision dredging by taking steps towards environmental conservation, useful technology, and exceptional work. In the past few years, dredging companies across the world have picked up a bad reputation due to haphazard and careless practices combined with an unwillingness to consider the environment in which they are excavating. U.S. Aqua Services strives to stray far away from that stereotype and work within the community so that no habitats are disturbed and that the environment in which we dredge is as, if not more, pristine than when we first encountered it.

To show that we’re not just making claims out of the blue, we thought it would be beneficial to dedicate today’s post to discussing how dredging done correctly is a practice that can be beneficial for quite a few reasons.

Helps to protect against the effects of coastal erosion

Like we talked about in our last post, coastal erosion is a process that breaks down the coastline. When something like a hurricane, cyclone, or tropical storm makes its way inland, it displaces the sand and sediment around the beach and deposits it elsewhere, usually in awkward places like sandbars located fairly far away from the coast. As the water line creeps closer to the towns and inhabited areas, the risk of problematic flooding and damaging storms affecting the area begins to rise as well. The distance that the beaches create between the water and the towns serves as a protective barrier. If this distance doesn’t exist, the towns and infrastructure become more vulnerable.

Inland dredging combats against coastal erosion by depositing sand and sediment in places where erosion is most substantial. This effectively adds to the land and helps buffer against the effects of strong storms and flooding. When ocean dredging, it’s considered best practice to deposit sediment that is safe and uncontaminated so as not to disrupt the environment in that area. U.S. Aqua Services always makes sure to be smart and thorough with inspections and safety.

Habitat restoration

Similar to coastal erosion, strong storms could also disrupt marine and beach habitats which often exist in the surrounding sand or gravel. When the habitats are disrupted, the wildlife is forced to relocate. This can cause issues in surrounding towns and can also put the wildlife at risk. Inland dredging serves as a way to safely maintain the environments where the plant and animal life inhabits. Again, it’s especially crucial to only use dredged material that is safe and free of contaminants. Dredging companies, when doing their job properly, pick up materials from specific areas and transport it to places that have been affected by storms and strong waves. Basically, it recreates the sand and dunes that have been eroded or destroyed.

Making marinas possible to navigate

One of the most prominent ways to import and export products is via ships and boats. When these vessels make their way inland, they dock at marinas. Because marinas are so close to land, they’re not nearly as deep as other parts of the ocean located farther off the coast. Sometimes, the sediment at the bottom of marinas begins to concentrate in certain areas, making it difficult for ships and boats to navigate without getting stuck. That’s where dredging comes in. Dredging companies either scoop or suck up the sediment and transfer it elsewhere. When doing this, it’s very important to not transfer materials such as garbage or contaminants, so as not to harm other environments.

Recycles contaminants

At this point, you’re probably wondering what dredging companies do with the material that is contaminated. One of the best uses for contaminated sediment is to actually turn it into useful objects. Something that we regularly see is using the material to construct concrete and gravel. Not only is this a safe alternative to depositing the material in other areas, but it also takes out the polluted sediment from the marina.

There are quite a few reasons why it’s necessary to dredge, as long as it’s being done safely. Following protocols and never skimping on proper safety steps is important, especially when dealing with precious and fragile wildlife. Thanks for stopping by and we hope that this post was both informational and interesting. There is a lot of work to be done towards repairing the reputation that dredging upholds, and it starts with safe and thorough practices.

For dredging or jetting services, please contact U.S. Aqua Services today. We’re committed to our practices and we’re always on the move to advance our systems and make them safer. We’re excited to hear from you!