Contaminated sediment sites represent some of the most complex problems within the Navy’s Environmental Restoration (ER) program and are projected to account for nearly 35 percent of the overall Environmental Restoration, Navy (ER,N) budget. Contaminated sediment sites are complicated by a wide range of difficult issues, including identifying and controlling sources, navigating policy and regulatory frameworks, developing appropriate goals and objectives, working with diverse stakeholders, properly evaluating outcomes, and effectively implementing long-term monitoring. Further complicating contaminated sediment sites is the frequently extensive physical scale of these sites and the prolonged timeframes associated with investigation, assessment, and remediation.
The Sediment Workgroup was established as an advisory group to identify and provide viable solutions for the many issues the Navy faces at contaminated sediment sites. The overall purpose of the Workgroup is to:
- Provide technical support and expertise within the Navy in developing or revising sediment policy and guidance
- Ensure implementation of Navy sediment policy and guidance in a consistent manner
- Identify and address critical issues and challenges at Navy sediment sites
- Promote information sharing and technology transfer.
(Click on “Sediment Workgroup Charter” under the Related Documents section below for additional information regarding the purpose of the Workgroup.)
The Sediment Workgroup is providing support to the ER Managers and RPMs by:
- Maintaining an inventory of Navy sediment sites
- Developing products, tools, and guidance that provide clear and consistent approaches to investigate, assess, and remediate sediment sites
- Identifying barriers that might inhibit implementation of optimized sediment remedies, and recommending process improvements to eliminate or minimize these barriers
- Promoting the use of innovative remedies where appropriate
- Sharing lessons learned and experiences, and developing recommendations for the most efficient and cost-effective approaches for investigation, assessment, and remediation
- Serving as a resource of technical support and information for remedial project managers (RPMs)
- Coordinating with other federal agencies to understand cross-agency perspectives
- Facilitating cooperation with SERDP/ESTCP/NESDI to promote the use of Navy sediment sites for pilot and demonstration projects.
Workgroup members include NAVFAC HQ, NAVFAC EXWC, Base Realignment and Closure Program Management Office (BRAC PMO), NAVFAC Hawaii, NAVFAC LANT, NAVFAC MIDLANT, NAVFAC NW, NAVFAC PAC, NAVFAC SE, NAVFAC SW, and NAVFAC Washington. SPAWAR System Center San Diego (SSC-SD), and the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center (NMCPHC) regularly participate and provide support to the workgroup.