Dredged Material - Make it Your Business

Digging Up Ideas Workshop — May 11, 2016

Join us at Lorain County Community College for the
Dredged Material: Make It Your Business – Digging up Ideas Workshop

Click here to register.

This workshop is an opportunity to explore ways Ohio can repurpose material dredged from Lake Erie’s harbors. Policy makers, business experts and others will discuss what you need to make your dredged material product or idea a reality.

Who Should Attend

Entrepreneurs and people with ideas on how to reuse dredged material should attend. We are seeking participation from experts in:

  • Materials Management
  • Construction
  • Engineering
  • Green Building
  • Landscaping & Nursery
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Turfgrass
  • Agriculture
  • Brownfields
  • Brick & Clay Products
  • Transportation & Logistics
  • Economic Development
  • City & Regional Planning
  • Parks & Natural Areas
  • Habitat Creation & Restoration
  • Mining


      Lorain County Community College
      The John A. Spitzer Conference Center
      1005 North Abbe Road
      Elyria, Ohio 44035
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Each year, harbors on Ohio’s north shore must be dredged to keep the shipping channels open so commodities/vessels can move in and out of the ports. Much of the dredged material is currently dumped in the open waters of Lake Erie. However, with the 2015 passage of Ohio Senate Bill 1, this will no longer be an option after July 1, 2020.

With proper characterization and handling, uncontaminated dredged material can be repurposed to improve the environment and the economy. Those uses include beach and nearshore nourishment, habitat creation and restoration, landscaping, road construction, land reclamation, landfill cover and in the manufacture of marketable products such as concrete, bricks, blocks, aggregate and topsoil.

Public, private and nonprofit stakeholders in and around the harbor areas are in an ideal position to help identify and benefit from developing viable dredged material uses. The first step is recognizing that the material is a valuable resource with real economic value.

To assist these efforts, the State will help identify potential end uses of the dredged material based on preliminary geotechnical and chemical characteristics. With the State’s help, the public and private sector in the region will then be able to capitalize on the environmental and economic opportunities created by this resource.

For up-to-date information about Ohio’s Dredged Material Program, please visit our webpage.

Registration is open until 8 p.m. on April 27, 2016 at http://dredgedmaterialworkshop2016.eventbrite.com. The cost of the event is $50 per person and will include lunch.

Lunch, drinks and refreshments are included in the registration fee. Please bring business cards as an area will be designated for a business card exchange. Please bring your updated calendar to help in scheduling follow-up meetings on ideas generated at the conference that you want to be involved with.

For more information about the conference and Ohio’s plans for reuse of dredged material please contact:

Pamela S. Allen, Ohio EPA Director's Office
Lake Erie Dredged Material Program
(614) 644-2782

Leanne Greenlee, Ohio EPA Director's Office
(614) 705-1012