Virginia Institute of Marine Science
A major element and concern necessary for evaluating the environmental impact of dredging operations is the dispersion of finegrained dredged material. The turbid plume generated by draghead agitation and by overflow processes from a hopper dredge can dictate the degree of potential adverse effects. Under certain environmental and aesthetic circumstances control of the plume may be advisable. Although turbid plumes produced by open water disposal operations have been evaluated in many investigations (e.g. Barnard. 1978). detailed field assessments of plumes produced by hopper dredging operations are scarce.
Suspended sediments -- Chesapeake Bay (Md. and Va.) -- Measurement; Dredging -- Environmental aspects -- Chesapeake Bay (Md. and Va.
Nichols, M., Diaz, R. J., & et al. (1987) Plume monitoring of Rappahannock and York spit channels, Baltimore Harbor and channels: Phase 1. Virginia Institute of Marine Science, William & Mary. https://scholarworks.wm.edu/reports/2533