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Sediment Management Annual Review Meeting (SMARM)


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. 

The 26th Sediment Management Annual Review Meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 7, 2014.


2014 SMARM

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When:  Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Who:  Hosted by the DMMP and SMS agencies, with opening remarks by the Department of Natural Resources

Why:  Annual Meeting for public information and engagement

Where:  Seattle District Corps of Engineers Headquarters, Salish Sea Conference Room, 4735 East Marginal Way South, Seattle, Washington, (see below for directions & important security information).

What:  All day meeting, with presentations from the SMS and DMMP agencies, and other guests on important program updates and topics.  This is the twenty-sixth consecutive annual sediment review meeting.

DMMP:  This meeting serves as public notification of proposed changes and clarifications to the DMMP program.  Changes can be minor or substantive, but they all are presented at the meeting, with a chance for stakeholders to ask questions and make comments.  Comments are accepted on proposed DMMP program modifications until at least 30 days subsequent to the SMARM.  

SMS:  This meeting serves as an opportunity to inform and engage the public on proposed technical, scientific, or policy changes and clarifications for issues surrounding cleanup of contaminated sediment. This may include proposed changes to guidance, process, or policy. Comments are accepted at the meeting and until at least 30 days subsequent to the SMARM. In addition, this meeting serves as a venue to inform and update the public on proposed SMS rule changes. However, this meeting is not intended to replace the administrative and public process requirements for rulemaking.

Public:  an important aspect of this meeting is holding a portion of the agenda open for stakeholders to propose modifications to the DMMP and/or SMS programs.  You are invited to submit program-related issues, ideas & suggestions for consideration and discussion at the meeting.  Submissions for these public issue papers or presentations will be accepted through Friday, May 2, 2014, and should include:

-  A clear statement of the issue/concern/topic

-  Why the topic is relevant and important to the DMMP and/or SMS programs and stakeholders

-  Alternatives or suggestions for topic resolution

Poster Session:  Technical posters are welcome for display at the meeting.  Posters should be directly relevant to sediment management.  Please notify the DMMO know if you plan to bring a poster so that appropriate display space is available (e-mail to

More:  Draft papers outlining issues identified by the DMMP agencies and SMS program for discussion and potential implementation are posted on the Seattle District’s website, at (go to “SMARMs and Program Updates” page).

How:  Any interested party is invited to attend.  Security procedures at this federal government facility include presentation of photo identification and proceeding through a metal detector.  Allow plenty of time for parking and security. 

Directions:  4735 E. Marginal Way South Seattle, WA 98134

From the north:   From I-5 south, take Exit 165A toward James Street. Turn right onto Columbia St. and follow road down to the viaduct/Hwy. 99 South. This street turns into E. Marginal Way S. Federal Center South (Building 1201) will be on the right; a large visitor parking lot will be on the left.

From the south:   From I-5 north, take Exit 162 (on left) to Corson/Michigan St. Stay straight on Corson Ave S. and get into right lane. Take 1st right onto S. Michigan St. and go ½ mile. Turn right onto E. Marginal Way S./Hwy. 99. Go 1.3 miles. There is a large visitor parking lot on the right; Federal Center South (Building 1201) is on the left.

Parking and Security: Visitors can park in the parking lot across the street from Federal Center South.

All visitors are subject to security screening and must sign in at the main entrance of the old FCS building to gain access to the new Corps Headquarters Oxbow Building 1202. All attendees must have picture identification card (a drivers license is suitable; a Government furnished ID or Passport are also good).  They will proceed to bldg 1202 where they will be directed to the Salish Sea Conference Room located on the first floor.

Guests who need assistance (handicapped) will be allowed in the secure gate near Building 1202 as a vehicle passenger. The handicapped person must be dropped off in front of Building 1202 where they will be screened. The driver and the vehicle will then need to drive out of the secure parking area into a visitor parking slot, and enter through building 1201. This requires prior coordination (at least 24 hour notice providing name and vehicle information) with the security office. Contact the Dredged Material Management Office for assistance with this process (206-764-6083, 206-764-6550).                                                                     





Moderator, Justine Barton, EPA


Opening Remarks

Col. Bruce A. Estok, Commander, Seattle District Corps of Engineers

Kristin Swenddal, DNR Aquatic Resources Division Manager


SMS Rule Implementation Updates (Regional Background, Draft Sediment Cleanup Users Manual II, etc.)

Chance Asher, Ecology


DMMP Issue:  Adoption of Chemistry Freshwater Guidance

Laura Inouye, Ecology




DMMP Clarification:  Freshwater Bioassay Requirements & Interpretation

Laura Inouye, Ecology


DMMP Project Testing Summary

David Fox, Corps


DMMP Clarifications and Updates

Lauran Warner, Corps




DNR Update & Disposal Site Monitoring Results

Celia Barton, DNR & David Fox, Corps


Lower Duwamish Waterway Update

Allison Hiltner, EPA


SMS/MTCA Cleanup Projects Update

Kathy Taylor, Ecology




Sediment Characterization: Core Sampling Issues

James McMillan, Corps


Results of PCB Homologue Studies

Laura Inouye, Ecology


Bioavailability Assessment Using Passive Porewater Samplers

Mandy Michalsen, Corps


Public Issue Papers:  Time available for stakeholders to propose issues or suggestions for DMMP or SMS program consideration.  Submit proposals by May 2, 2014 to  




Updates to the DMMP program via SMARM presentation and review

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Year Title Paper Type
2013 Bioassay Endpoint Refinements: Bivalve Larval and Neanthes Growth Bioassays Clarification
2008 Reference Areas for Freshwater Bioassays Clarification
2005 Sediment Larval Test Species Recommended for Toxicity Testing by the DMMP Program Clarification
2004 Ammonia and Sulfide Guidance Relative to Neanthes Growth Bioassay Clarification
2002 Ammonia and Amphipod Toxicity Testing Clarification
2001 Reporting Ammonia LC50 Data for Larval and Amphipod Bioassays Clarification
1999 Use Of Amphipod, Eohaustorius estuarius, Relative to Grain Size and Salinity Clarification
1998 BIOSTAT Software for the Analysis Of DMMP/SMS Technical
1997 Selection of Negative Control Sediments and Use of Control Sediments as Reference Sediments Clarification
1996 Statistical Evaluation of Bioassay Results Clarification
1996 Neanthes 20-Day Bioassay - Further Clarification on Negative Control Growth Standard, Initial Size, and Feeding Protocol Clarification
1995 Interim Growth Rate and Mortality Guidelines for the Neanthes 20-Day Growth Bioassay Clarification
1995 In-Batch Testing for Reference Sediments for PSDDA Bioassays Clarification
1994 Restriction on exotic species importation Clarification
1994 Interim Revised Performance Standards for the Sediment Larval Bioassay Revised Clarification
1994 Neanthes 20-Day Bioassay - Interpretation Clarifications Clarification
1993 Species Substitution for the 10-Day Amphipod Bioassay Clarification
1993 The Neanthes 20-Day Bioassay - Requirements for Ammonia/Sulfides Monitoring and Initial Weight Clarification
1992 Implementation of the Neanthes 20-Day Sediment Bioassay Issue
1991 Modifications to Holding Time for Biological Testing Issue
1991 Echinoderm Embryo Sediment Bioassay Protocol Clarification
1991 PSDDA Requirement to Collect and Report Amphipod Reburial Data Clarification
1990 Wet Sieving Method for Reference Sediment Grain Size Matching Clarification
1990 Requirements for Analyzing Sediment Conventionals Clarification
1990 Activities to Provide Better Reference Areas Status

Titles in strikeout have been updated with more current guidelines and should not be used.  They are listed here for information only.

Year Title Paper Type
2012 Use of Practical Quantitation Limits (PQLs) to Establish Cleanup Standards for Contaminated Sediment Sites under the Sediment Management Standards (SMS) SMS Issue
2011 Marine Sediment Quality Screening Levels:  Adopting RSET Marine SLs for Use in DMMP Clarification
2010 New Interim Guidelines for Dioxins Issue
2010 Revised Supplemental Information on Polychlorinated Dioxins and Furans (PCDD/F) For Use in Preparing a Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP) Clarification and technical guidelines
2010 Polychlorinated Dioxins and Furans (PCDD/F): Revisions to the Supplemental Quality Assurance Project Plan (SQAPP) Clarification
2009 Proposal to Revise the Open-Water Disposal Guidelines for Dioxins in Dredged Material Issue (not implemented)
2008 Update on Pyrethroids and PBDE Analysis Status
2007 Supplemental Information on Polychlorinated Dioxins and Furans (PCDD/F) for use in Preparing a Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP) Clarification
2007 Polychlorinated Dioxins and Furans (PCDD/F): Clarification of Procedures for Acquiring Sediment Data Clarification
2007 Chlordane Analysis and Reporting Clarification
2007 Benzofluoranthenes Analysis and Reporting Clarification
2005 Clarification of Detection Limits and Reporting Limits in the DMMP Clarification
2004 New DMMP Guidelines for Phthalates Clarification
2001 Chemical Analysis of Archived Sediment Samples Clarification
1999 Blank Correction for Method Blank Contaminated Chemical Samples Clarification
1998 TBT Analysis:  Clarification of Interstitial Water Extraction and Analysis Methods – Interim Clarification
1997 Revisions to DMMP Screening and Maximum Level Guidelines Issue
1996 Testing, Reporting and Evaluation Of TBT Data in PSDDA And SMS Issue
1994 Use of Alternate Technologies under the Sediment Management Standards, Chapter 173-204 WAC Clarification
1992 Selective Ion Monitoring (SIM) Analysis:  Quality Assurance/Control Requirements Clarification
1991 Modifications to the Chemical Testing Quality Assurance Guidelines Clarification
1991 Revised Modifications to Holding Times for PSDDA Chemical Analyses Clarification
Year Title Paper Type
2012 Transition from DAIS to EIM Clarification
2010 Sediments Exposed by Dredging (Z-layer) Testing Clarification
2009 Summary of DNR Site Use Authorization Requirements Clarification
2008 Use of Flat-Top Barges and DMMP Dispersive Disposal Sites Clarification
2008 Quality of Post-Dredge Surfaces (Updated) Clarification
2008 Freshwater Sediment Guidelines Status Status
2007 Management of the Commencement Bay Non-dispersive Disposal Site Clarification
2006 Volume Trigger Guideline for Monitoring at the CB Open Water Disposal Site Issue
2005 Future of the SMARM Process – Reducing Levels of Effort Issue
2005 Evaluation of Sediment Quality for Navigation, Cleanup or Both Clarification
2005 Summary of Site Use Authorization Requirements for DNR Clarification
2004 Tier 1 Suitability Determinations:  Exclusions From Testing Clarification
2004/2010 DMMP Disposal Site Coordinates Update and Clarification (updated 2010) Clarification
2003 Recency Guideline Exceedances: Guidelines for Retesting in High Ranked Areas Clarification
2003 Pre-Dredge Conference for Projects In Grays Harbor and Willapa Bay Clarification
2003 Determining When Material Above MHW/OHW Will be Characterized in DMMP Clarification
2002 Increasing the Volume Trigger for Monitoring of Non-Dispersive Disposal Sites Issue
2002 Recency Guidelines:  Program Considerations Clarification
2001 DMMP Z-Sample Analysis Guidance and/or Post Dredge Monitoring Policy Clarification
2001 Reporting Sediment Quality for Compliance with the SMS Rule (173-204 WAC) Clarification
2001 Quality of Post-Dredge Sediment Surfaces Clarification
2000 Purpose of Maximum Level (ML) - Clarification of Use in Regulatory Program Clarification
1999 Discontinuation of Corps and DNR Supplied GPS for Open Water Disposal Clarification
1997 Disposal Site Monitoring Chemical Evaluation Guidelines Clarification
1997 Management of Wood Waste under DMMP and SMS Clarification
1997 Beneficial Use of Dredged Material Clarification
1996 Small Dredging Projects at Outfalls Clarification
1996 Adjustments to Site Monitoring Issue
1995 Refinements to PSDDA Post Disposal Monitoring Guidelines Issue
1994 Coordination and Testing of Dredge Material for Beneficial Uses Projects Clarification
1993 DNR Disposal Site Use Permit Acquisition Protocol Clarification
1992 Relocation of Port Gardner Benchmark Station Clarification
1992 PSDDA Monitoring Plan and DY 1992 Elliott Bay Full Monitoring Issue
1992 Improved Communication and Data Submittals Clarification
1991 PSDDA Requirements for Program Review Reports And Meetings Issue
1991 Management of the Port Gardner and Elliott Bay Sites Clarification
1991 Environmental Monitoring Program Refinements   Clarification
1991 Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Clarification
1991 Applicant Data Submittal Clarification
Year Title Paper Type
1996 DGPS as Navigational Standard Clarification
1996 Dredged Material Volume Estimates Clarification
1993 Site Histories in Sampling and Analysis Plans Clarification

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 Meetings (SMARM).

These links download large PDF files.  All files are less than 20 mb.

1989 1st ARM

1995 SMARM

2001 SMARM

2007 SMARM 

2013 SMARM 

1990 ARM

1996 SMARM

2002 SMARM

2008 SMARM 


1991 ARM

1997 SMARM

2003 SMARM

2009 SMARM 


1992 ARM

1998 SMARM

2004 SMARM

2010 SMARM 


1993 ARM

1999 SMARM

2005 SMARM

2011 SMARM 


1994 ARM

2000 SMARM

2006 SMARM

2012 SMARM 




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 agency directors 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