On 31 August 1972, on behalf of and for the American Section, Chairman Major General J. W. Morris, Director of Civil Works, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. proposed that the Permanent International Association of Navigation Congresses assume the leadership in recognizing the possible effects on the environment of dredging and disposai of dredged materials. by the establishment of an international study group.
This proposal was considered by the Expanded Executive Commit tee at its meeting of 25 October 1972. and was adopted. The EEC directed that both the undesirable effects and the beneficial effects would be studied. and that the work would be confined to problems arising from the disposai of dredging spoil. excluding those connected with sewage. This was interpreted as including consideration of problems arising at the site of the dredging or in transit to disposai areas.
The Chairman of the American Section was invited to designate a chairman of the study group, and each member country was invited to participate and to designate a member as its representative. The participating countries and their representatives are listed in Appendix I.
The first meeting of the International Commission for the Study of Environmental Effects of Dredging and Disposal of Dredged Materials was convened at Brussels on 28 March 1973, followed by meetings twice annually until completion of the study.