Mahan Rykiel Receives “Why Dredge is Good Award.”(L-R: Robert Ramsdell (Great Lakes Dredge and Dock), Bob Wetta (DSC Dredge), Brian Davis (Cornell University), Isaac Hametz (Mahan Rykiel), and Marcel Hermans (Port of Portland & WEDA President and Chair) The Western Dredging Association and DSC Dredge LLC have awarded Mahan Rykiel Research Director Isaac Hametz, and Brian Davis (Cornell University) with the Why Dredge is Good Award. The award is in recognition of their whitepaper, Geospatial Modeling and Suitability Analysis for Beneficial Use: An Integrated Approach. The model integrated multiple selection criteria developed in coordination with Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ (MDNR) Chesapeake and Coastal Service (CCS), including dredging proximity, habitat protection, coastal flood risk reduction, and shoreline typology. Selection criteria and model outputs were weighted based on agency priorities, which can be adjusted to meet future needs as policies and/or other economic and environmental circumstances change. Mahan Rykiel Associates used advanced data visualization techniques to develop maps, diagram, and orthographic projections to convey the quantitative analysis and characterization in a detailed project report that is being used by MDNR to guide its dredging and restoration programs in the Chesapeake Bay. Learn more about Mahan Rykiel’s Research Program. ## WEDA is a non-profit technical professional organization devoted to the exchange of knowledge in fields related to dredging, navigation, marine engineering and construction. WEDA is governed by seventeen voting Board of Directors with the day-to-day operations managed by an Executive Director. WEDA is a member of The World Organization of Dredging Associations (WODA). The Western Dredging Association (WEDA) region covers North, Central and South America. DSC Dredge LLC is a global leader in the dredge manufacturing industry, engineering superior customized dredging solutions to meet specific application needs, while continuing to exceed customer expectations.