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Regional Sediment Management and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Managing sediment to benefit a region potentially saves money, allows use of natural processes to solve engineering problems, and improves the environment.

As a management method, RSM:

  • Includes the entire environment, from the watershed to the sea
  • Accounts for the effect of human activities on sediment erosion as well as its transport in streams, lakes, bays, and oceans
  • Protects and enhances the nation's natural resources while balancing national security and economic needs

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) holds in trust and manages lands and waterways across the United States. Using regional sediment management concepts significantly improves the USACE's mission accomplishment. USACE engineers and scientists develop new technologies through research to make management decisions more accurate and efficient. Simultaneously, they evaluate RSM concepts through projects that highlight and improve sediment management activities.


ERDCInfo@usace.army.mil, 202 761-1837

Sediment Transport Group
Coastal Processes Branch, Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory
U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center

CHL coastal and hydraulics laboratory Regional Sediment Management Program rsm USACE ERDC