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Dr. Burton Suedel of the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center accepts the Western Dredging Association's 2017 Environmental Excellence Award for Mitigation and Adaptation to Climate Change. He is flanked by Craig Vogt, chairman of the WEDA Environmental Commission and Marcel Hermans, WEDA president and chairman. Suedel and his Environmental Laboratory team members, Dr. Jacob Berkowitz and Dr. Christy Foran, collaborated with New Orleans District, Weeks Marine, Inc., Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company, and Mike Hooks, Inc. to capture the award. WEDA recognized the team’s efforts associated with strategic placement of dredged material on the Atchafalaya River in Louisiana. Placement of the dredged material allowed nature to form Horseshoe Bend Island, and the ERDC team developed metrics to capture the wide array of benefits the island provides.

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