Pacific Southwest, Region 9
Serving: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Pacific Islands, Tribal Nations
Dredging and Sediment Management
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Regional Dredging Teams and Other Partnerships
Regional Dredging Teams (RDTs) are organized under the National Dredging Team (NDT), which is comprised of the headquarters offices of the Federal agencies with primary oversight of dredging and disposal. RDTs consist of Federal and state agencies and other affected stakeholders. RDT members cooperate in developing comprehensive regional dredged material management plans that identify short-term and long-term disposal alternatives, consider methods to reduce dredging, and maximize beneficial use of dredged materials.
Formal Region 9 Regional Dredging Teams
The San Francisco Bay Long Term Management Strategy (LTMS) is a cooperative effort of EPA, the US Army Corps of Engineers, the San Francisco Regional Water Quality Control Board, the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, and stakeholders in the region to develop a new approach to dredging and dredged material disposal in the San Francisco Bay area. The LTMS serves as the “Regional Dredging Team” for the San Francisco area
The Task Force includes representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, California Coastal Commission, Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board, California Department of Fish and Game, Port of Long Beach, Port of Los Angeles, City of Long Beach, Los Angeles County Beaches and Harbors, Heal the Bay, and other interested parties. The Task Force consists of an Executive Committee, a Management Committee, five Strategy Development Committees, a Technical Advisory Committee, and an Interim Disposal Advisory Committee.
Other Interagency/Stakeholder Partnerships
In addition to these formal RDTs, other interagency/stakeholder partnership efforts are under way in Region 9 to improve sediment management and increase beneficial reuse of dredged material. One of these is the interagency California Coastal Sediment Management Workgroup, which is striving to coordinate sediment management issues and policies in order to maximize opportunities for beach nourishment throughout California.
EPA Region 9 is also supporting efforts to coordinate policies and improve sediment management in the Sacramento/San Joaquin River Delta, and in Hawaii and the Pacific Islands.