September 24 – 25, 2024 Annual Meeting

Please SAVE THE DATE for our next Great Lakes Dredging Team face-to-face meeting, which will take place in Erie, Pennsylvania at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center at the Presque Isle Pennsylvania State Park. The meeting will begin at 8:00 a.m. ET on Tuesday September 24, and will end at approximately 4:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, September 25.

The meeting will include an update regarding the Corps of Engineers' current navigation budget, state and federal agency dredged material management projects, beneficial uses of dredged material, and several other topics. In addition, there will be a field trip to a dredged material management facility in Conneaut, Ohio (field trip transportation will be provided). There will not be any registration fees associated with the meeting, although meeting space is limited, and attendees will be required to RSVP.



  • This section contains key dredged materials guidance documents. It also contains publications related to dredging, dredged material management, and the beneficial use of dredged material management; ecological impacts and environmental windows; open water and nearshore placement; sediment quality and characterization; sediment remediation; sediment and watershed management.

Events and Presentations

  • This section highlights material from previous events. A major focus of the Great Lakes Dredging Team is to promote and evaluate the beneficial use of dredged material. This section includes, but is not limited to, the beneficial use of dredged material management, updates regarding the Great Lakes Navigation System, environmental windows, contained disposal facilities, and various stakeholder updates.

Committee Workplans

  • This section details the Great Lakes Dredging Team Committees and Workplans. The Committees provide a forum for expressing and understanding the perspectives of the various stakeholders regarding dredging issues, with the ultimate goal of enabling the sustainable maintenance of the Great Lakes Navigation System. The Committees also enable the exchange of information regarding dredging and dredged material management, including input from stakeholders and the general public.

Small Harbor Resources

  • This section contains resources provided on behalf of the Lake Ontario Regional Dredging Council by the Niagara-Orleans Regional Alliance representatives Lynne M. Johnson and David E. Godfrey of the Orleans and Niagara County New York legislatures, respectively. These documents support the Small Harbor Shared Dredging Management presentation which they gave to the Great Lakes Dredging Team (GLDT) on March 16, 2023. If you have questions about these resources for shallow draft or recreational harbors, please reach out to them directly using the contact information provided in their presentation.

Great Lakes Dredging Team

Mission: The Great Lakes Dredging Team (GLDT) provides a forum for the exchange of information regarding best practices, lessons learned, innovative solutions, and sustainable approaches to dredging and dredge material management throughout the Great Lakes region.

The GLDT is not an advisory body. Its purpose is not to furnish advice to the federal government and the organization does not operate in any official capacity to oversee or direct the federal government. The purpose of the GLDT is to foster an exchange of information among participants regarding various aspects of the dredging process and dredged material management.

Information exchanged via the GLDT assists the U.S Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) in implementing the USACE Environmental Operating Principles, which were developed to ensure USACE missions include integrated sustainable environmental practices. These principles direct USACE to:

  • Foster sustainability as a way of life throughout the organization.
  • Proactively consider environmental consequences of all Corps activities and act accordingly.
  • Create mutually supporting economic and environmentally sustainable solutions.
  • Continue to meet corporate responsibility and accountability under the law for activities undertaken by the agency which may impact human and natural environments.
  • Consider the environment in employing a risk management and systems approach throughout the life cycles of projects and programs.
  • Leverage scientific, economic and social knowledge to understand the environmental context and effects of Corps actions in a collaborative manner.
  • Employ an open, transparent process that respects views of individuals and groups interested in Corps activities.


Contact Us

For additional information about how to join a committee or to submit questions and comments related to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' role in the Great Lakes Dredging Team, please email the contacts listed below

Organizing Committee Co-Chairs

Karen Keil, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Dan Breneman, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Technical Committee Co-Chairs

Jennifer Miller, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 

Scudder Mackey, Ohio Department of Natural Resources

Outreach Committee Co-Chairs

Jim Luke, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Jim Killian, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources