Dredging is a common form of excavation activity carried out to ensure that the waterways and ports are navigable. As the water runs through the river, canal, lake or any other waterway, there is a slow accumulation of soil, silt, sand and other debris with time which makes it difficult for a boat, ship or canoe to easily navigate through these waterways and hence the reason why dredging process was introduced to get rid of all the accumulated sediments from both the bottom, and sides of these water bodies. A good dredging equipment is a key requirement for a smooth dredging process as it helps in excavating all the sand, silt and debris from the bottom, sides and backs of the water bodies and waterways. The major reason why you should have a properly functioning dredging equipment or machine is to ensure that all the large accumulation of sediments is removed in a fast and effective manner. There are a variety of ways through which dredging is used for. Dredging, also known as sediment removal is used in the following ways.
The first way through which dredging is used is in the maintenance of the waterways, and this is enhanced by the removal of the debris, silt, and sand that damage them. Dredging will also maintain the waterways by removing the vegetation, pollutants and trash from the waterways. The other application of dredging is to create new waterways with an aim of boosting businesses and water transport. The other application of dredging is in preparation for the construction of different bridges, docks, and piers through the excavation of the accumulated sediments that might hinder the construction process. Dredging is also a very great solution for increasing the depth of a waterway by removing all the vegetation, trash, debris, sand and any other kind of a sediment that might have accumulated in the waterway’s bottom. Dredging is also used in reclamation of a water body by removing various contaminants like sewage accumulation, chemical spills and others. Dredging is a very important step to boosting a good health of the fish, crabs, plants in water and other kinds of wildlife through removal of sludge, debris and other things that increase the risks to the wildlife and overall ecosystem. Dredging makes it easier for larger cargo vessels to pass through a waterway hence leading to faster growth of the economy.
There are so many benefits and advantages of dredging which have encouraged many people and ports to use them. One key reason why dredging is important is that it widens and deepens waterways for safe and convenient transportation of oil, raw materials and other vital commodities by large-sized ships. Dredging helps to reverse soil erosion on the shorelines, thus preventing soil erosion. Dredging also helps to remove pollutants from the water bodies and waterways.