Dredging: The Headache of a Disgruntled Customer
Dredging is a process in which sediments and other unwanted materials are removed from the bottom of rivers, lakes, or seas. The sediment is often used for construction projects such as building dams or creating land on which to build buildings. Dredging has been around since ancient times when people would use their hands and buckets to remove material from waterways. Today we at Dredging Company Michigan use dredges that suck up sediment with powerful suction devices and then pump it onto a barge (a flat-bottomed boat) using pipes. Over time, dredgers have become more sophisticated in order to keep up with our ever changing environment and needs.
The first and most important thing to know about dredging is that it’s a very costly process. There are many costs associated with clearing waterways and lakes, including the cost of maintaining equipment, paying workers, repairing damage caused by accidents or storms (for example when an errant boat hits something in the water), compensating local businesses whose operations may be disrupted during dredging projects (like marinas where boats can safely dock while not in use), processing sediment through screens to remove organic material before transport, transporting sediments away from project sites using barges or trucks depending on location (and these costs don’t include if you’re building new roads for transportation!), among other things.
Also, dredging is not a long-term solution to waterway and lake maintenance. While dredgers can remove sediments from the bottom, they cannot reduce sediment that’s already in suspension or trapped under other materials such as sandbars. Only nature has the ability to break down this type of material over time. If you want your waterways and lakes to be clear for many years into the future, investing in natural solutions like wetlands restoration may make more sense than simply trying to get rid of everything we don’t want using expensive equipment and processes.