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Sediment Management Annual Review Meeting (SMARM)

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SMARM is a joint meeting of the Dredged Material Management Program (DMMP) and the Washington Department of Ecology's Sediment Management Standards (SMS) program. It is held annually on the first Wednesday of May.

SMARM is always a public meeting with anyone interested invited to attend. Stay tuned to this site, or contact the DMMO for more information.

SMARM 2016 will be held on Wednesday, May 4, 2016. 


DMMP Actions based on SMARM 2015

 SMARM 2015 Summary, including all presentations, comments & comment responses, can be found here or in the listing of all SMARM minutes below.




Revised Freshwater Sediment Screening Levels


Paper originally proposed for SMARM 2014, then revised into three-part paper for RSET 2014.  Substantial written comments on Part 2 of paper led to withdrawal of that portion.  Parts 1 and 3 of RSET paper are now being implemented, per 2015 SMARM presentation Freshwater Guidelines:  Follow-up from 2014.

Reporting Summed Concentrations with J and/or U Flags


Implemented with revisions based on e-mail comments.

Freshwater Bioassays Species, Endpoint, Methods and Interpretive Criteria


Updated from 2014 paper; implemented with no further revisions.

Debris Screening Requirements for Dredged Material Disposed at Open-Water Sites


Implemented with revisions based on comments and coordination.

Tributyltin (TBT) Measurement Basis


Implemented with revisions based on comments and coordination.

Modification to Ammonia and Sulfide Triggers for Purging and Reference Toxicant Testing for Marine Bioassays


Originally proposed in 2014 but not implemented. 2015 version incorporates revisions based on written comments and coordination since SMARM 2014.  Implemented with no further comments or revisions.

ARM and SMARM Meeting Minutes since the Dawn of DMMP

Summaries from all Annual Review Meetings (all in PDF format).  In 1995 the Annual Review Meetings (ARM) were combined with Ecology's Sediment Management Program to become Sediment Management Annual Review Meeting (SMARM).  These links download large PDF files. 


1989 1st ARM

1994 ARM

1999 SMARM

 2004 SMARM 2009 SMARM  2014 SMARM
1990 ARM 1995 SMARM 2000 SMARM    2005 SMARM  2010 SMARM   2015 SMARM

 1991 ARM

1996 SMARM

2001 SMARM

2006 SMARM  2011 SMARM  

1992 ARM

1997 SMARM

2002 SMARM

2007 SMARM  2012 SMARM    

1993 ARM

1998 SMARM

2003 SMARM

2008 SMARM  2013 SMARM   




SMARM Definitions

SMARM Definitions: All changes to the DMMP program since its inception have been through the SMARM process: papers proposing updates are presented, public comments are taken, and proposals are then adopted as originally presented, modified based on comments, or not implemented at all.

DMMP identifies three kinds of papers: Issue, Clarification and Status.

  • Issue papers propose program-level changes that require approval by all four DMMP agencies in order to implement.
  • Clarification papers propose updates and modifications to existing guidance that do not substantively change program or policy.
  • Status papers are for information only. Status papers may report on current investigations that may eventually result in an Issue or Clarification, or they may simply be information of interest to stakeholders.

Contact the DMMO


Mailing Address Seattle District
Dredged Material Management Office
PO Box 3755
Seattle, WA 98124-3755
Phones 206-764-6083