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Planning the Slovenian coast with the help of dredging

Author(s): Kristifor Pantelin

Journal: Urbani Izziv
ISSN 0353-6483

Volume: 18;
Issue: 1–2;
Start page: 110;
Date: 2007;
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Keywords: dredging | treatment of dredged material | navigable channels | legislation on dredging | Slovenian coast

Dredging and sediment proceeding is in most cases treated as a technology which makes possible the construction and maintenance of navigable ways. In the research which I made in the masters thesis context, I wanted to present how can dredging contribute to spatial planning of the Slovenian coast, which is relatively short and limited, where big settlement interests are present. For this reason there are aspirations for lengthening the coast with building embankments or making artificial islands and peninsulas. Several times embankments are built on account of the constructions of piers, for marinas and other ports. The aim of the research was to invert this trend, which would avoid the restrictions of sea areas and to make good use of channels and widen or create new water surfaces for economic activities or for environmental safeguard. To attain this, it was necessary at first to study legislation and find an appropriate way of treating dredged material. When further sediment treatment is assured, it is possible to consider dredging as an important factor by the proposed spatial arrangement of the Slovenian coast.
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