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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you work in my state?

A: Dredge America works throughout the United States and we are available for work in offshore protected waters.

What is your minimum sized project?

A: Our minimum engagements start $75,000, with our larger projects exceeding $25 million. For smaller projects our rental division may be able to help with getting the project completed under budget.

How much do you charge per yard?

A: There is not a standard charge per cubic yard. The charge for your project will be based on a number of factors and we can give you a quick over-the-phone consultation to determine the best way to proceed with a full quote.

Do I have to have a permit to dredge? How do I get a permit?

A: The need for a permit will be based on your state requirements and the project specifications. We can refer you to an engineering company that can assist with permitting or you can consult your regional Army Corps of Engineers office: www.usace.army.mil/. Dredge America offers design-build services in which the project is preformed turnkey including all required permits.

How do I know if I need mechanical or hydraulic dredging?

A: Mechanical dredging involves the use of heavy equipment at the shoreline or working off a barge and may or may not involve draining a lake. Hydraulic dredging involves a dredge that floats on the water and pumps the material through a temporary pipeline to an off-site location, often several thousand feet away. This dredge acts like a giant floating vacuum removing sediment very precisely.

Can I get a bid over the phone?

A: We can only provide general information over the phone. To obtain a specific quote, we would need additional information about your project including:

  • Do you know the quantity of material to be dredged?
  • Where is your project located?
  • Is the project bid or negotiated?
  • Do you have permits? Where are they in the process?
  • For feasibility purposes, what is your budget?
  • What is the timing of the project?
  • What is the present depth of water?
  • What is the desired final depth of water?
  • What type of material is to be removed?
  • Do you have a place to put the material for dewatering?

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