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jramon Jul 02, 2020 11:34 AM
Dear Sir/Madame

In the List of environmental terms used by EEA (Glossary), the term "dredging" is defined as:

"Removal of mud from the bottom of water bodies for deepening through the use of special mechanical devices. Dredging disturbs the ecosystem and can kill aquatic life. Dredging of contaminated muds can expose aquatic life to heavy metals and other toxic materials."

That definition is inaccurate, unfair and it is a distorted view of a branch of Hydraulic Engineering.

The statement "Dredging disturbs the ecosystem and can kill aquatic life" is as certain as "Surgery disturbs the human body and can kill human lives"

Let me suggest you to contact the Central Dredging Association in order to enhance the definition of the term DREDGING.

Thank you for your attention
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EEA Jul 08, 2020 09:07 AM
Dear M. J. Ramon,

Thank you for contacting the European Environment Agency (EEA).

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EEA Aug 25, 2020 11:21 AM
Dear Sir,

We deeply apologise for the delay in replying to you. Thank you for your patience.

The EEA experts acknowledge that the definition of dredging included in our glossary and based on the UN glossary, is focused on potential impacts of dredging. The EEA has decided to delete the term from its glossary.

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jramon Aug 26, 2020 10:46 AM
Dear EEA
Thank you very much for your attention and understanding.

Let me suggest you not to completely delete the term dredging.
The use of suitable Dredging techniques will be essential for Environmental Sustainability.
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