Major

Civil Engineering - Cooperative Education

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2019

Abstract

Each year, materials are excavated from oceans and lakes in order to keep the waterways open so that ships can safely pass through. These excavated, or dredged, materials are then discarded, usually being returned to the body of water from which they were removed. Beginning in 2020, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) will no longer allow this to occur. Therefore, the purpose of this project is to investigate beneficial uses for dredged materials in Lake Erie, and to address the best management practices for dewatering these materials, as set forth in the Lake Erie Protection and Restoration Plan created by the Ohio Lake Erie Commission. There is a multitude of ways to dewater and stabilize dredged materials, and this project will investigate three of these methods. The primary methods that will be discussed are mechanical dewatering, biological methods, and chemical treatments.

Research Sponsor

Dr. Zhe Jerry Luo

First Reader

Dr. David Roke

Second Reader

Dr. Stephen Duirk

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