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Characterize and Evaluate Performance of Sediment Strategically Placed Adjacent to Wetlands

Strategic placement of dredged material in the nearshore as a beneficial use technique is a common practice for Operations & Maintenance (O&M) dredging within the Corps of Engineers. The nearshore placement design concept has been recognized to follow the principles of Engineering with Nature (EWN) and Regional Sediment Management (RSM) by allowing the waves and tidal forces to move sediment into alignment with the natural environment. Previous research efforts have focused on the nearshore placement of dredged sediment on open coastlines, but sediment can also be placed in bays and estuaries, particularly near wetlands to shelter the wetland by dissipating wave energy and to provide a sediment source to the wetland.

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