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 Parks and Recreation

 Recreation on dredged material containment sites is one of the most common land uses of dredged material sites, in actual acres. This is not surprising, since there is a high demand for recreational sites in urban areas where much dredging occurs. These converted dredged material sites typically provide public access for water-related recreational activities. The nature of recreation sites - lots of open space and lightweight structures - is especially suited to fine-grained dredged material, which is generally not good foundation material for more substantial structures. When planned and developed thoughtfully, recreational sites can become a valuable community asset, not only for the recreation opportunities they provide for residents, but for the business opportunities that recreation activities generate.
 
Surface water runoff

 Agriculture, Forestry, and Horticulture

 The use of dredged material sites as pasture land and cropland has been successfully combined with active dredging projects. Dredged material has also been used occasionally to improve farm soil. Inactive dredged material sites have been used for forestry, but forestry use of active sites is not very practical. The length of time needed to grow even quickly yielding stands of trees, like Christmas trees, is longer than the time between dredging cycles.

Potable water is water which is fit for consumption by humans and other animals. It is also called drinking water, in a reference to its intended use. Water may be naturally potable, as is the case with pristine springs, or it may need to be treated in order to be safe. In either instance, the safety of water is assessed with tests, which look for potentially harmful contaminants. The issue of access to potable water is very important. In developed countries, people may not put a great deal of thought into the source of their water. In many First World nations, citizens can turn on a tap for fresh, potable water which may also be enriched with things fluoride like for health. In developing countries, however, and especially in Africa, a large proportion of the population does not have access to safe water.

Water, which is not safe to drink, can carry diseases and heavy metals. People who consume this water will become ill, and there is a risk of death. Unfortunately, even
in areas where the water is known to be unsafe, people may drink it anyway, out of
desperation. The lack of potable water is often accompanied by other lapses in sanitation, such as open sewers and limited garbage collection. Many of these public health issues impact the poor more than anyone else. Choices in the use of fresh water. With one in eight people in the world not having access to safe water it is important to use this resource in a prudent manner. Making the best use of water on a local basis probably provides the best solution. Local communities need to plan their use of fresh water and should be made aware of how certain crops and animals use water.
  
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