What Actually is Dredging?

A rundown on dredging

Hey, everyone, and welcome to the U.S. Aqua Service blog. We’re a full-service dredging company who will answer to jobs worldwide. While dredging is a crucial component to keeping the water and surrounding land structures clean, it’s not something that most people are familiar with. Water is arguably the most essential piece to our environment, and dirty water can be dangerous to both marine life and land life. That’s where dredging comes in —somebody needs to clean the water. Between garbage and sewage, dredging is a necessity. Today, to make the world more aware of what exactly is, we thought we’d start out our blog on this note.

What is Dredging?

Dredging is the process of scooping up sediment from the bed of a body of water and transporting it elsewhere. The bottom of bodies of water is often covered with mud and dirt. When dredging, you pick up this mud, which sometimes contains contaminants, and remove it from that specific area. While this process seems complicated, it really isn’t. Our dredging company utilizes machinery to do the work. Our specific process is done efficiently and it’s designed to prevent error. We understand that the water is a delicate ecosystem, and we keep it our priority to prevent damage.

Why is it Done?

There are two primary reasons why dredging is done. The first is an attempt to make ports more manageable to navigate. Sediment often builds up at the bottom of channels due to water moving downstream, carrying sand and mud along with it. When too much of this matter builds up, it makes it difficult for ships and vessels to move. When dredged, the sediment that was building up is transported to another area. Usually, the sediment is transported to an approved area, so as not to disrupt the ecosystem. Additionally, it could also be placed in an area where the soil is devoid of minerals and nutrients.

Dredging is also done as an effort to remove sewage and garbage from certain areas, specifically those that have become waste spots for companies or cities. Our dredging company does work in removing solid waste from the beds of oceans, lakes, and other bodies of water. Water pollution is harmful to delicate ecosystems, and simply removing the solid waste left behind can do a lot in repairing the waters and preventing the contaminants from spreading.

Where it’s Done?

Dredging can be done in just about any sizable body of water. Our dredging company does lake, pond, ocean, and inland dredging across the world. We do contract work, and therefore come face to face with plenty of bodies of water that need to be worked on. Usually, we work towards ports, marinas, and areas close to the land, as those are normally the most accessible areas that need the most work done. Dredging is normally done in somewhat shallow bodies of water. Unfortunately, neither U.S. Aqua Services or anybody else in the world at this moment, has the ability to reach the bottom of the Marianas Trench.

How it’s Done?

Well, now you know where it’s done and why it’s done, but now, we’re going to talk about how it’s done. Dredging seems like a complicated process. Scooping anything off the bottom of a murky body of water is difficult. Because of this, our dredging company uses boat-like machines with an attached device similar to a skimmer, and essentially “skims” the bed of the water. Often, the skimmer will have an attachment called a cutterhead used to loosen materials at the bottom, making them easier to scoop or suck up. There are two types of dredging: mechanical and hydraulic. Mechanical dredging utilizes a collection of buckets that scoop up the sediment, while hydraulic suctions up the sediment and transfers it into a pipe to be carried away.

Dredging isn’t a particularly complicated process, though it may seem that way. This process is associated with numerous benefits, such as removing solid waste and renourishing the soil of certain areas. We hope that this brief introduction was helpful and that you have a better understanding of what dredging is. Thanks, and check back regularly for updates!