Environmental Remediation

Environmental Remediation

 

The preservation and environmental remediation of natural wildlife, beaches, coastlines, and marshlands are crucial. Environmental remediation dredging can extract pollutants or contaminants from environmental media such as sediment or surface water.

The environmental improvements available through dredging can positively impact human health and the surrounding area.  Environmental dredging requires high-level precision to ensure that projects objectives can be met while producing a safe environment for local occupants.

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Ecosystem Restoration

Using a dredge for environmentally friendly ecosystem restoration purposes is favorable to both regional recreational facilities and natural wildlife habitats alike. The natural flow of material and the occasional storm surge can strangle channels that feed freshwater to inland wetlands or ponds. Therefore dredging these waterways will allow water to freely flow in and out of these inland sites, fetching nutrients and flushing out waste.

Without frequent maintenance dredging, access to lake properties can be reduced drastically as water depth in front of docks declines or once clear water becomes murky and lacks any visibility. As silt and nutrients overwhelm a lake. heavy vegetation and algae can build up potentially resulting in a state of eutrophication which can harm a local fish population through hypoxia or lack of oxygen.

Environmental dredging can prevent eutrophication and overturn this process in most cases. Dredges are used for environmental remediation projects to boost property values, improve public bodies of water for tourism, and to clean polluted waterways for future generations to enjoy.

Coastal Protection

Coastal protection can prevent flooding and the erosion of land. This type of protection usually consists of nourishing beaches and building dikes, both activities require recovering and transporting a significant amount of sand. The impact of global sea levels rising has heightened awareness of how sensitive coastal areas are to mother nature.

Increasingly unpredictable weather patterns have drastically impacted regions that are naturally vulnerable to erosion and flooding. These circumstances have led to a sense of urgency to build improved coastal areas that consist of massive-scale projects such as Fuller Street Beach in Edgartown, Massachusetts (USA).

Consistent replenishment of beaches and enhancement of coastlines are becoming increasingly customary around the world. All of these projects have been made possible with dredging strategies that are designed to safeguard infrastructure and humans against the threat of rising sea levels and floods. Ellicott Dredges has several types of dredges that are designed specifically for coastline protection related projects.

Lagoons

Ellicott® brand dredges have been used by some of the world’s leading chemical, oil & gas producers, and environmental contractors. Working in an oil or gas drilling well lagoon requires handling hazardous materials in a delicate area. Periodically, industrial lagoons such as these need dredging to maintain open access and keep holdings ponds below maximum capacity.

Ellicott® understands the challenging nature of these types of working environments. Our dredging specialists can work closely with our customers to design and build a dredge that is conducive to dredging in an industrialized lagoon environment.

Water / Wastewater / Sludge

A major rainstorm can result in a significant flood. Recent hurricanes and tropical storms have proven just how much excess water a storm can produce and the havoc it inflicts.

Unprepared wastewater treatment plants can present a series of challenges during a time of flooding. It is always a good idea to be proactive and begin wastewater pond dredging before a disaster occurs. Ellicott Dredges designs and builds versatile dredges that are used in a wide range of water and wastewater applications. This includes drinking water treatment plants, sludge ponds, and wastewater treatment facilities.

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