Date of Award
Master of Arts in Marine Affairs
One-half million acres of U.S. coastal wetlands have been destroyed by dredging and filling operations since 1956. They are being destroyed at the rate of 0.5-1.0% each year. In one ten year period, Rhode Island lost 5% of its 2000 acres of wetlands to urban development, and Connecticut lost 12% of its marsh lands. Less than 1500 acres of marsh remain in Connecticut. During the course of this research project, I examined one aspect of wetland destruction - the dredging and disposal of spoil materials onto wetlands and into the coastal waters of Southern New England. What follows is a compilation of facts, policies, and operating procedures on dredge and fill activities, and a discussion of how these activities impact the ecology of southern New England.
Melville, Lynne A., "Dredge Spoil Disposal with Particular Reference to Management Practices in Southern New England" (1978). Theses and Major Papers. Paper 131.