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Sediment Management for Navigation


This course introduces engineers and physical scientists to sediment management for navigation projects. What are the options for reducing dredging quantities and frequency? How can “working with nature” help with deposition and erosion problems?

Navigation channels are the arteries through which economic prosperity flows, providing access to deep draft ships in coastal channels and shallow draft tows in inland waterways. In the U.S. 90 percent of import/export trade travels by ship and 26,000 miles of navigation channels serve thousands of ports and terminals from New York to Mobile to Seattle and as far inland as Lewiston, Idaho, St. Paul, Minnesota, and Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.

Port and channel maintenance dredging is a major cost item and significant environmental impediment, imposing limits on existing navigation projects and sometimes prohibiting new projects.


Participants will:

  • Learn to apply a systematic approach to managing channel sedimentation.
  • Obtain knowledge of some common structural and non-structural measures to reduce sedimentation issues.
  • Learn what tools are available to design sediment management measures.
  • Gain understanding of Regional Sediment Management principles and practices.


This course will be useful to those involved with navigation in the private sector, engineers in the Corps of Engineers and other government agencies, and to those who advise these organizations. The discussion is technical, involving simple to complex equations. A basic understanding of open channel hydraulics is needed.


  • Learn the 3 principles and 7 Strategies for solving sedimentation problems.
  • See typical sedimentation problems faced by port and waterway managers and how they are solved.
  • Be able to evaluate the possible effects of sediment management.
  • Increase your technical skill set.
  • Earn PDH.


  1. Overview Sediment Management
  2. Sedimentation Basics That Govern
  3. Typical Port and Channel Sediment Problems
  4. Sediment Management Methods
  5. Evaluating Sediment Management

LENGTH: 32 hours.


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