Dredged Material Management Program

Maryland Port Administration (MPA), Dredged Material Management Program (DMMP) is responsible for finding adequate long-term placement capacity for all of the nearly five million cubic yards of sediment that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dredges annually from the shipping channels that link the Port of Baltimore to the Atlantic Ocean and beyond.

Working with a diversity of partners, including national, state and local governmental agencies, nonprofit organizations, community groups, and businesses, the DMMP finds the right placement capacity for all of that sediment. We are responsible for ensuring that it is used in productive and innovative ways that both include and benefit our local communities and the environment. 

Using dredged sediment, we restore eroded wetlands, create wildlife habitat for countless species of plants and animals, and develop award-winning educational and outreach opportunities for local schools and communities.

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Building the Future Together

An important guidepost for DMMP projects is the rolling 20-year plan that provides a strategic plan on the overall management of the state’s dredging requirements. Principally, the plan focuses on:

  • The continual removal of sediment from the shipping channels
  • The identification of the right placement sites to store the sediment
  • The development of other innovative tools and solutions for managing and using sediment

Achieving our ambitious goals is made possible by our leadership, an Executive Committee - appointed by the State of Maryland - who in turn oversees a Management Committee comprising a diverse group of stakeholders including a community representative, senior managers from MPA, state and federal regulatory agencies, local business leaders, academics, and non-governmental organizations. Together, they coordinate and provide guidance on the development and implementation of dredging initiatives and placement activities.

Our dedicated staff drive the operational and partnership work of the DMMP. 

2023 Reflections and a Pathway to Future Growth

Implementation Updates

To learn more about all of the exciting things happening with the DMMP please explore the Virtual Exhibit Hall below. To move around the exhibit hall use your mouse to click, hold, and pan to the left or right. Use the mouse scroll to zoom in for a closer look at the boards, and individual items to learn more.

The DMMP also publishes mid-year and annual reports which provide overviews of the Port Administration's long-term dredged material management plans, highlighting accomplishments and providing recommendations for the upcoming year and beyond.