Our Committees Working
The management of dredged material is complex, and it impacts a lot of different people in and around the communities in which we operate. Through ongoing engagement with government agencies and local businesses to environmental organizations and the general public, the Dredged Material Management Program (DMMP) is greatly enhanced by robust stakeholder involvement that helps us ensure the greatest social, environmental, and operational impacts are delivered and sustained over time.
To support this effort, the DMMP leverages a series of stakeholder advisory committees that assist in the implementation of the DMMP. The committees listed below anchor that engagement and advise on virtually all elements of what, where, when, and how we do what we do.
Learn more about each committee and its function. Select the Details button for upcoming meetings, past agendas and summaries, membership and more.
The Executive Committee was statutorily established to make decisions regarding the management of dredged material in Maryland. Membership is prescribed by the law, and the Committee is co-chaired by the Secretary of the Department of Transportation and Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources.
The Management Committee coordinates on the development and implementation of the DMMP. This Committee is composed of senior managers from the relevant state and federal regulatory agencies, in addition to representatives from the academic, environmental and local business communities.
The Citizens Advisory Committee represents the public and provides advice to Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) Maryland Port Administration (MPA) and its DMMP partners on a wide array of dredging related topics and issues. The Chair of the Citizens Advisory Committee sits on the Management Committee and reports to the Executive Committee.
Cox Creek Citizens Oversight Committee
The Cox Creek Citizens Oversight Committee was statutorily established to oversee the implementation of the Cox Creek Dredged Material Containment Facility and provides advice to MDOT MPA regarding the expansion and operation of the facility and the potential impacts it may have on the nearby communities.
The MDOT MPA is grateful for the support of the Harbor Team for the past twenty years and will continue to welcome their input as part of the Citizens Advisory Committee.
The oldest committee, Hart-Miller Island (HMI) Citizens Oversight Committee was statutorily created in 1981 to advise MDOT MPA on dredged material placement activities at HMI as well as the monitoring program. Since dredged material placement was ceased at HMI in 2009, the HMI COC has been engaged in the development of the closure plan for the site and is working to create a Friends of Hart-Miller Island volunteer group.
The Innovative Reuse Committee provides advice on the development of a strategy for recycling and reusing dredged material from the Baltimore Harbor. The committee issued its initial report to MDOT MPA in April 2007 and an update strategy in 2020 and is currently engaged in advising on the implementation of its recommendations.
The Masonville Citizens Advisory Committee was created in 2008 to provide advice, oversight and support to MDOT MPA on the Masonville Dredged Material Containment Facility, which receives material dredged from Baltimore Harbor.
The Pearce Creek Implementation Committee provides a forum for citizens, government agencies, elected officials, and any other interested parties to be informed and provide advice regarding the Pearce Creek Dredged Material Containment Facility operations and construction of the community water system.