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Sediment Management

When it comes to sediment management, you need more than standard answers—you need someone who can help you ask the right questions. Battelle has the expertise and resources you need to evaluate the risks, understand the options and develop a strategic sediment management plan that meets regulatory requirements and balances environmental, economic and community needs. 


Battelle provides comprehensive services for assessment and management of contaminated sediments. We can help you find cost efficient and scientifically objective solutions for:
  • Contaminated sediment regulated under Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) or state guidelines
  • Sediments dredged for navigation following Marine Protections, Research and Sanctuaries Act (MPRSA) and Clean Water Act (CWA) guidelines

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Battelle has long been a trusted partner to federal and state agencies and local communities facing sediment challenges. As part of our ongoing mission to advance technology for societal benefit, we continually invest in independent research. That research has led to new and innovative tools and approaches to address our clients’ most pressing sediment management needs. 


Contaminated Sediment Management
Battelle offers integrated services for assessment, remediation and monitoring of contaminated sediments. Our team can help you with every stage of the process, from site assessment and characterization to final site closure and long-term monitoring. We’ll develop a strategic plan for data collection and analysis to ensure that you get the answers you need for effective decision making. Then we’ll work with you to find the most cost-effective path to site restoration and closure.

Our team can:  
  • Develop a sampling plan and collect field data (including sediment coring, porewater collection, exposure/toxicity testing and bioaccumulation testing) for baseline assessment, impact assessment and long-term monitoring
  • Characterize contamination levels and build a Conceptual Site Model
  • Identify sources of contamination and analyze the movement of contaminants through the environment 
  • Assess physical, chemical and biological risks, including ecological and human health risks, and develop a model for determining acceptable risk levels
  • Evaluate the efficacy, cost and impact of remediation options including monitored natural recovery, sediment capping, in situ treatment and dredging
  • Develop a remediation plan including cleanup goals, remedial action objectives and long-term monitoring
  • Develop or evaluate new technologies and methods—including in situ treatments, passive samplers, and analytical methods—to solve non-standard sediment challenges
Dredged Materials Management
If you’re handling dredging operations, we can help you control costs while meeting regulatory requirements for disposal of dredged materials. We work with our clients to develop practical solutions based on objective assessment of the physical, chemical and biological risks associated with different disposal options, including open ocean disposal, confined disposal and reuse.

We can: 
  • Conduct physical, chemical and biological testing of dredged materials based on federal (e.g. Green Book and Inland Testing Manual) and regional testing guidelines that address MPRSA and CWA requirements
  • Evaluate dredged materials for disposal suitability
  • Develop an optimized disposal plan that balances costs and environmental concerns
  • Prepare NEPA documents (e.g. Environmental Assessments or Environmental Impact Statements) to address potential environmental concerns related to dredged material disposal options that meet both MPRSA and CWA requirements
  • Prepare rigorous Site Management and Monitoring Plans (SMMPs) for open water placement sites
  • Monitor nearshore and open water disposal sites for environmental impacts
  • Find beneficial uses (such as wetland remediation) for dredged materials


Our research team will provide objective, defensible data and analysis for effective sediment management decision. We’ll help you understand your risks and options and make the best choice for your site based on environmental, regulatory, economic and community concerns.