ENVIRONMENTAL DREDGING

IWT Cargo-Guard supplied our first floating turbidity barrier / silt curtain project in Cold Springs, NY over 25 years ago. Since that time we have worked with industry leading  environmental dredging companies as well as manufacturers to design and build silt curtains and floating containment systems that will withstand unique site conditions for the duration of the project. In order for a design to be successful, it is necessary to select the appropriate support elements.

  • When selecting an anchor system consider direction of deployment, flow velocities and bottom conditions.  
  • Tidal or heavy current areas may require H piles to hold the curtains in place.
  • Floating cable pile attachments can be used to allow the barrier to rise up and down with changing water elevations.
  • Lighted navigation buoys warn the public of a work zone they should avoid and to help contractors comply with the local and Federal navigation requirements.

We bring to the table our experience and the passion  to provide our clients with a quality product and on-time delivery even during peak dredging season.  We welcome the opportunity to work with you on your next project. Please contact our office at 609-971-8810.

IWT Cargo-Guard supplied our first floating turbidity barrier / silt curtain project in Cold Springs, NY over 25 years ago. Since that time we have worked with industry leading  environmental dredging companies as well as manufacturers to design and build silt curtains and floating containment systems that will withstand unique site conditions for the duration of the project. In order for a design to be successful, it is necessary to select the appropriate support elements.

  • When selecting an anchor system consider direction of deployment, flow velocities and bottom conditions.  
  • Tidal or heavy current areas may require H piles to hold the curtains in place.
  • Floating cable pile attachments can be used to allow the barrier to rise up and down with changing water elevations.
  • Lighted navigation buoys warn the public of a work zone they should avoid and to help contractors comply with the local and Federal navigation requirements.

We bring to the table our experience and the passion  to provide our clients with a quality product and on-time delivery even during peak dredging season.  We welcome the opportunity to work with you on your next project. Please contact our office at 609-971-8810.

PRODUCTS WE USE IN THESE APPLICATIONS:

Environmental Dredging

Environmental dredging operations are very different from large scale navigational dredging operations because they utilize a precise technology to remove contamination from targeted areas. They use a cutting head to dislodge the contaminated sediment which is then immediately suctioned into a flexible pipe and pumped onto a covered floating barge, or directly to an on-land area for dewatering. Their job is to contain any loose sediment that may be contaminated with PCS, heavy metals or other toxic materials within the work zone. In addition, multiple water testing sites are set up in the vicinity of dredging area to immediately detect any problems.

The job specific requirements of environmental dredging precludes the use of off the shelf standard floating turbidity barriers and silt curtains. There are numerous details and site specific factors which must be addressed.

  • What is the material and contaminant being dredged from the waterway?
  • Is it soluble,viscous, or heavy and will sink in the water column?
  • Will the contaminant be reactive to the standard PVC silt curtain material?
  • Should another containment material be used to make the turbidity or containment curtains?
  • Should a multi-layer turbidity curtain containment system be used?

Wetlands Remediation / Restoration

Hydraulic or mechanical dredges can be used in areas where flotation is possible. However, some jobs require temporary water diversion in order to access shallow areas from the embankment with land based equipment. Staked turbidity barriers can be deployed around the work zone when it is not practical to use a floating barrier which may lay over in the mud and not come back up when the tide comes in.

In-Situ Sediment Capping

In-situ sediment capping eliminates the cost to excavate and dispose of the contaminated material off-site. However, since the contaminants remain in place at the site, long-term monitoring and cap maintenance are required to ensure that there is no migration or displacement of the capping materials.

Marine Construction

Construction projects in or next to waterways such as the building and maintenance of bridges, roadways, marinas and ports all have a big impact on marine life and plants. Turbidity barriers and silt curtains function to contain the disturbed sediments in the work zone, eliminating the negative effects that suspended sediments may have on the surrounding environment and ecosystem.  Marine construction contractors need to consider the length of deployment, water depth, flow velocity, and tides when selecting a turbidity barrier or silt curtain.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHT

Project: Northern States Power Superfund Site / Ashland, Wisconsin
Contractor: J.F. Brennan Company, Inc & Envirocon, Inc

When J.F. Brennan and Envirocon needed to design a custom turbidity curtain layout for the Ashland/Northern States Power Superfund project in Ashland Wisconsin, IWT Cargo-Guard and Spilldam Environmental were called upon to come up with a curtain system that would work and satisfy both the oversight engineers and regulatory authorities. The material to be dredged NAPL (non-aqueous phase liquids) can be particularly difficult to work with as it coats and clogs almost everything it comes in contact with. By working closely with the engineering company and the onsite contractors, J.F. Brennan and Envirocon, a multi-tiered approach was designed to provide a fail safe containment system. The system consisted of bedload baffles, carbon curtain, and  turbidity barriers / silt curtains designed specifically for this project site.

In addition, IWT Cargo-Guard supplied the contractor oil containment and absorbent booms along with sweeps, and oil snares to grab the material within the work zone.

dewatering bags

When J.F. Brennan and Envirocon needed to design a custom turbidity curtain layout for the Ashland/Northern States Power Superfund project in Ashland Wisconsin, IWT Cargo-Guard and Spilldam Environmental were called upon to come up with a curtain system that would work and satisfy both the oversight engineers and regulatory authorities. The material to be dredged NAPL (non-aqueous phase liquids) can be particularly difficult to work with as it coats and clogs almost everything it comes in contact with. By working closely with the engineering company and the onsite contractors, J.F. Brennan and Envirocon, a multi-tiered approach was designed to provide a fail safe containment system. The system consisted of bedload baffles, carbon curtain, and  turbidity barriers / silt curtains designed specifically for this project site.

In addition, IWT Cargo-Guard supplied the contractor oil containment and absorbent booms along with sweeps, and oil snares to grab the material within the work zone.

dewatering bags
dewatering bags for silt

The most successful curtain designs involve a compilation of information provided by the engineers, site contractors, local marine contractors as well as turbidity barrier manufacturers and their representatives.

“IWT Cargo-Guard / Spilldam Environmental assisted the Ashland MGP project by designing and constructing a one of a kind turbidity curtain system which allowed JF Brennan to carry out the marine operations.  Without the innovative solutions created for the project, a massive sheet pile wall would have been required to conduct the remedial activities. With the curtains, Brennan was able to carry out the project without the installation of the wall which saved the client a substantial amount of money.”

Tyler Lee , Senior Project Manager J.F. Brennan Company, Inc.

The most successful curtain designs involve a compilation of information provided by the engineers, site contractors, local marine contractors as well as turbidity barrier manufacturers and their representatives.

“IWT Cargo-Guard / Spilldam Environmental assisted the Ashland MGP project by designing and constructing a one of a kind turbidity curtain system which allowed JF Brennan to carry out the marine operations.  Without the innovative solutions created for the project, a massive sheet pile wall would have been required to conduct the remedial activities. With the curtains, Brennan was able to carry out the project without the installation of the wall which saved the client a substantial amount of money.”

Tyler Lee , Senior Project Manager J.F. Brennan Company, Inc.

dewatering bags for silt

In order for turbidity barrier / silt curtain to work properly it must be site specific in the design. It is also important to select the appropriate anchor systems and accessories. A great deal of the environmental dredging projects north of the Mason Dixon line take place in late Spring through Fall which can add significant time frames to site supply and production.

We have carefully selected the best manufacturers to supply our clients. If one is booked we have three others to move in and service your needs.Using our multi-tiered approach we are confident we can supply your project in a timely fashion with a quality product. Contact our office at 609-971-8810 so we can discuss your next project.

turbidity curtain

In order for turbidity barrier / silt curtain to work properly it must be site specific in the design. It is also important to select the appropriate anchor systems and accessories. A great deal of the environmental dredging projects north of the Mason Dixon line take place in late Spring through Fall which can add significant time frames to site supply and production.

We have carefully selected the best manufacturers to supply our clients. If one is booked we have three others to move in and service your needs.Using our multi-tiered approach we are confident we can supply your project in a timely fashion with a quality product. Contact our office at 609-971-8810 so we can discuss your next project.

turbidity curtain

Disclaimer: These guidelines are for informational purposes only and are intended as illustration or general information only and are not intended as a guarantee or warranty. IWT assumes no responsibilities in connection with the use of this information.