- On 14th April 2018
- In Dredging, Sediment Management, Water Management
- By William Coulet
It’s that time of the year again, with the River Restoration Centre’s (RRC) 19th annual network conference in Nottingham, straddling the River Trent and so we made the trip across for a productive couple of days out of the office.
As part of the RRC mission to “champion the view of ‘better rivers’ and promote the natural capital and social benefits of restoring our river systems for a sustainable future”, the event offers a great place to catch up on the latest work and best practices, meet new and existing friends, clients and contractors and show everyone else what we’ve been up to since last year in Brighton.
As part of Exo’s active participation, we gave a presentation on “Managing Accumulated Sediments: Beneficial Use of Dredged Material (BUDM) and Working with Nature (WwN)” as part of the “Managing Sediment and Pollutants” session on Day 1.
This aimed to give an overview of the issues constraining and supporting the sustainable use of dredged material and how, although its classification as a waste can be prohibitive, there are many methods that allow arising sediments to be used as a resource to create positive impacts and achieve win-win solutions for infrastructure developments and the environment. Illustrating potential methods using case study examples from Exo’s previous and ongoing projects, the opportunities, advantages and difficulties for managing accumulated sediments were discussed, focusing on; habitat restoration, using geotextiles, agricultural spreading and waste valorisation.
Judging from the questions, the positive feedback (thank you!) and the new working partnerships formed, it appears to have been a well-received and productive workshop. This was further strengthened by the consistent challenges highlighted and subsequent, productive discussions held throughout the session and during the “Managing Sediment Already in Rivers” workshop on Day 2.
Thanks again to the RRC team for putting on another great conference and whilst we look to build on the opportunities arising from Nottingham, we look forward to seeing everyone again next year, in Norwich perhaps…?!