What is Dredging?

Each dredging system will have its pros and cons as you deal with different pits, layouts, materials, and several other factors. However, if you want the most effective dredge system, a skyline dredge is what you're looking for. Skyline dredges have come a long way and offer more versatility than ever before.

What Is Dredging?

This type of project removes natural and manmade sediment from a body of water through a piece of equipment called a dredger. This process improves that body of water for wildlife preservation or the transportation of watercraft.

How Does It Work?

There are several dredgers, but they mostly have the same basic method. The dredge goes down to the base of the body of water to loosen and break up sediment that has built up. When that sediment rises toward the top, a pump will pull the sediment, and then it will be disposed of according to government guidelines.

The Importance of Removing Sediment

A dredge project can effectively clean toxic materials, debris, contaminated soil, trash, and decaying plants, making a healthier ecosystem for wildlife. Some bodies of water also suffer from an overabundance of vegetation: an issue the use of a dredge can also resolve.

Dredges can also prevent or reverse erosion and create better depth for waterways, which provides more space for wildlife or safer pathways for watercraft.

When removing sediment, you can also expand the depth and width of the waterway, which increases the opportunity for commercial shipping and provides an opportunity for economic growth.

The Basics

It's important to get to know a skyline dredge before choosing it as the proper dredge system for your needs. A skyline dredge is unique in how it adapts to the obstacles that it will encounter during a dig. It also has the ability to handle multiple materials that other dredge systems may have trouble with. If there is a material that the skyline dredge has trouble with, other systems will too.


Why should you choose a skyline dredge over, for example, a common suction dredge? For starters, clay layers are not a problem for this machine. Other obstacles that may cause problems for another system, such as aggregates size, deposit depths, or oil leaks, are not an issue for skyline dredges.

You also don't have to worry about expensive repairs, oil leaks, or being too far from your plant, which could increase your costs. These dredges have far fewer limitations than hydraulic dredges.


A skyline dredge, unlike other systems, can do more than just dredge. Skyline dredges are effective on dry land, for excavating material, and for doing reclamation projects.


When you use a skyline dredger, you're getting the complete package. Since you're not having issues with materials or plot layout, you won't have to worry about halting your project or enlisting additional equipment. Thus, your project will be completed more quickly and more efficiently, saving you money in the end.


When using a skyline dredge, you're using top-rate equipment, giving you the best chance at a quick and effective dredge. A successful dredge can mean a lot to your company financially, but it also is meaningful to the wildlife in the body of water, commercial shipping, or any other watercraft. When you dredge to the proper depth or width, that allows watercraft to be transported smoothly. You're also providing a cleaner environment for wildlife.

Why Use United Dredging?

United Dredging is a family-based company serving areas from Alaska to Florida. Knowledgeable and experienced, our company is focused on making long-lasting business relationships and friendships. We bring the latest in dredging technology to your project and are continuously striving to reduce the impact on the environment and consistently focusing on the training and safety of our workers.

Why Contract Out Your Project?

Dredging is a complicated process that requires knowledge and experience. First, you need to perform an accurate hydrographic survey and properly read and analyze the information. Then you have to worry about the cost of the equipment and having to pay for any malfunctions that may occur.

You also have to be able to properly use the equipment for a successful dredge. You also have insurance and permits. It's a process that is expensive and could easily cause you to lose more than you would spend contracting out the job.

One Less Thing to Worry About

When you contract your project to us, you can worry less about your projects and focus elsewhere, like production or sales. You also don't have to worry about maintaining a staff to operate a dredge.

Risks of Improper Work

If you're not experienced with dredges, there are a number of risks that you need to be aware of. First, there is an increased risk of injury. Dredges are massive, and the equipment could seriously harm or potentially kill someone if not used properly.

Also, if you don't dredge properly, it could cause problems for boats and ships passing through the body of water if the depth isn't accurate. There is also the potential for contamination while removing sediment.


Almost every aspect of the process requires insurance. While you need to insurance on your equipment, where something is bound to go wrong at some point, this is just a starting point. You also need to be concerned about the location of your project and if it is close to any protected waterways. You may have to insure yourself against any potential environmental damages.

Permit and Laws

This type of project is complicated and potentially dangerous. That is why the U.S. government requires permits for these projects. The purpose of the permits is to protect the wildlife habitat and water quality. This is an additional reason why it is beneficial to contract your projects to those who know all about the laws and where to get the relevant permits.

Obtaining a Permit

Sketches may be needed to obtain a permit in certain areas, accurately portraying your proposed project. They may include before and after images of your proposed water depth, site conditions, or control structures. Surveying the areas is also required for these projects, showing why you should dredge the area.

Knowing What Permit You Need

Some dredges may require a federal permit, while others may require a state permit. Some even require a municipality permit. The best way to navigate which permits are necessary is to hire a company for your job so they can sort through the long and arduous process for you, saving you time and money.

Dredged Materials

Dredged material includes both the sediment that is removed by the actual process and any overflow that comes from a material disposal site. Violating the laws that govern how to deal with dredged materials can result in criminal and civil penalties.

Individual states may also impose their own penalties for violations of the law. Since every state could have different requirements for their dredge permitting practices, you should become aware of the laws and requirements are in your area.

Dredging is a complicated, dangerous, and expensive project. That is why you should always consult a professional before embarking on a dredge. If you think a dredge is necessary, contact United Dredging for a quote, so you can have a safe, knowledgeable, and affordable option. See how a skyline dredge can be the best option for you!

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