US dredging industry "ready to protect coastline"News // May 10, 2010
DCA says it members could used dredged material to protect the coast.
Dredging Contractors of America (DCA) has announced that it has been co-ordinating with the US Army Corps of Engineers and representatives from the state of Louisiana regarding dredge capabilities and possible scenarios to protect the ecologically sensitive barrier islands off the coast of Louisiana and Mississippi from intrusion of oil as it moves toward the beaches.
Barry Holliday, Executive Director of the Dredging Contractors of America, said: "We know that it is a matter of time before the oil will start to converge on the shores of the barrier islands along Louisiana and Mississippi, and DCA dredging companies have been closely monitoring the situation and coordinating with the Corps of Engineers to ensure that we are ready to help minimize the impact of the oil."
"There is quite a fleet of dredges and equipment in the gulf or close by that can be mobilized quickly to help,” Mr Holliday said. “This equipment and these dredges are well suited to operate close to the islands and accomplish whatever tasks are needed rapidly and with consideration of the sensitive environments that they would be operating within."
"If it requires innovation and flexibility, that is what our members do best.”
Dredging Contractors of America (DCA) is the national non-profit trade association for the dredging and marine construction industry. DCA represents the industry on key issues before Congress and is an active partner to the US Army Corps of Engineers, public port authorities, state and local governments, as well as various construction and maritime organizations.