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Removing Sediment – Dredging

When you need to remove accumulated sediment from the bottom or sides of a body of water, you will need to dredge. Dredging is a process that removes the accumulated sediment. Dredging can be used to remove sediment from the bottom of the river, stream, pond, lake, or off the banks or sides. A dredge is a special kind of equipment that creates a vacuum to suck up and then pump out the unwanted debris and sediment.

A natural process, sedimentation occurs when debris along with sand and silt accumulate on the bottom of the body of water – the canal, stream, pond, lake, or river – with the passage of time. The general public depends on these bodies of water to transport goods to their destination, for recreation, and for fishing. When sedimentation occurs, these bodies of water can be environmental hazards and they can become more challenging to navigate safely.

Removing the sediment that has accumulated often becomes necessary. Dredging becomes a necessity for the health of the waterway so it can be used for commercial processes and applications. Dredging offers fast, efficient, and affordable solutions. Not all dredges are the same, and different kinds of dredges take care of the sediment removal process in different ways.

During the dredging process, the dredge is either completely or partially submerged in the water. The dredge operator will be able to gather the sediment and get it moved to another location. After the dredging project is done, the sediment is relocated to another location and can be used for various things, such as construction fill, flood defense on the beach, or mixed with additives so topsoil can be enhanced and improved.

You will need specialized training to operate a dredge. ATS offers specialized heavy equipment training. To learn more about the specialized programs from ATS, call today at (800) 383-7364.

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