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2016: A Perfect Time to Buy a Dredge

Posted by Troy Fercho on Wed, Feb 03, 2016 @ 10:02 AM

If the initial capital investment has caused you to postpone purchase of a dredge, significant tax incentives exist in 2016, which enable you to buy dredges at sharply reduced costs with little or no initial capital expense – i.e., fantastic tax programs like the Section 179 deduction, as well as low interest rate financing.

NEWS ALERT: SECTION 179 IS $500,000 FOR 2016

Jan 1, 2016 - The "Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015" (PATH Act) was passed by both the House and Senate and signed into law on 12/18/2015. This bill expanded the Section 179 deduction limit to $500,000. Read the summary from the Ways and Means committee here.

Section 179 Deduction: Until further notice, Section 179 is permanent at the $500,000 level. Businesses exceeding a total of $2 million of purchases in qualifying equipment have the Section 179 deduction phase-out dollar-for-dollar and completely eliminated above $2.5 million. Additionally, the Section 179 cap will be indexed to inflation in $10,000 increments in future years.

50% Bonus Depreciation will be extended through 2019. Businesses of all sizes will be able to depreciate 50 percent of the cost of equipment acquired and put in service during 2015, 2016 and 2017. Then bonus depreciation will phase down to 40 percent in 2018 and 30 percent in 2019.

IMPORTANT: Section 179 for Current 2016 Tax Year (This Year)

Section 179 can provide you with significant tax relief for this 2016 tax year, but equipment and software must be financed and in place by midnight December 31, 2016. Use this 2016 Section 179 Calculator to see how much the Section 179 tax deduction can save your company.


More about the Section 179 deduction. Many businesses have heard of Section 179 but you may not understand what benefits it can provide business, large and small. Congress introduced the Section 179 deduction to motivate American companies, i.e. your business, to buy equipment and invest in themselves. The program greatly helps small businesses but can also be great for larger companies. The Section 179 deduction enables a company to purchase a piece of qualifying equipment and deduct the entire purchase price from its gross taxable income.

That’s right…THE ENTIRE PRICE of equipment purchases. There are limits to the deduction, including a cap of $500,000 and total equipment purchases of $2,000,000, and you must put the equipment into service by December 31 of the tax year you plan to gain the benefits of Section 179. The equipment must also be used 50% of the time for Business.

In addition to the Section 179 standard deductions mentioned above, there is Bonus Depreciation of 50%; meaning once you have reached the $2,000,000 cap you can depreciate an additional 50% of the balance for the 2016 tax year.

Equipment Purchase Price $635,000
First year write off (max for 2015) $500,000
50% Bonus First Year Depreciation $67,500
Normal First Year Depreciation (20%) $13,500
First Year Tax Deduction
($500,000 + $67,500 + $13,500)
Cash Savings
($581,000 x 35% tax bracket)
Equipment Cost After Tax $431,650

The foregoing example it makes it easy to see how it’s a perfect time to buy that piece of equipment you have been waiting for. Who wouldn’t want a 32% discount?

Other Section 179 benefits: It not only works on purchases but also if you decide to finance or even lease your equipment. For a list of qualifying equipment please refer to the IRS page.

A few more things to consider. Your equipment purchase must be used at least 50% for business. There is also a business profit limitation, which means you may not use a Section 179 deduction to deduct more than your net taxable business income for the year. But If you purchase equipment for more than your taxable income you are permitted to deduct the amount up to your taxable income, and you may also deduct the balance and in subsequent tax years. Also, if you show a net loss for the year, you may not take a Section 179 deduction for that year.

If you have any questions about the Section 179 deduction, please review your purchase plans for 2016 with your tax adviser. SRS Crisafulli has inventory of our full line of dredges to meet your needs. Below, see what a purchase of our Rotomite SD-110 dredge might look like – i.e., again a 35% discount using Section 179. WOW!

Equipment Purchase Price $324,000
First year write off (max for 2015) $324,000
First Year Tax Deduction $324,000
Cash Savings
($324,000 x 35% tax bracket)
Equipment Cost After Tax $210,600

Contact one of our sales professionals to discuss your dredge equipment needs. We would love to create an equipment package customized for you and enable you to take full advantage of the great Section 179 tax benefit in 2016.

Topics: Dredges

Plug and Play Dredging: how to Move Sediment to the Drying Bed

Posted by Isaiah Helm on Mon, Jun 08, 2015 @ 09:06 AM

Got a minute?  Watch a one minute video of the plug and play SD-110 Rotomite dredge in the Philippines.

"Plug and Play" is a catchphrase of USB computer gadgets, representing equipment that can be connected to a system and used immediately.  No system configurations;  no drivers;  no troubleshooting compatibility.  In the modern world of plug and play, rapid system deployment is more than a feature - it's an expectation.

The dredging world is subject to these same expectations. For example, in the Philippines, a city water plant had settling ponds filled to the brim with sediment. The low capacity severely restricted their ability to process water. The solution was a “plug and play” dredge: the Rotomite SD110 from SRS Crisafulli, Glendive, MT.

A self propelled diesel dredge excels in rapid deployment. No need to configure for foreign electric standards. No need to install a cable traverse system or run three phase power lines. No need to rotate or side shift a floating dredge that’s encased in mud on both sides and can only excavate material in a straight line in front of it. 



 Image 1: Water plant settling pond full of sediment, Maynilad Water Services, Manilla.

The Rotomite SD110 can float in 17 inches of water and turn as it dredges. A spinning propeller in shallow water stirs up a lot of mud. Muddy water is a cancer to water cooled outboards but has little effect on the SD110’s sealed hydraulic thruster. Paddle wheels seem like a natural choice in shallow situations, but their bulk outweighs their effectiveness. Turning a long dredge body with paddles is cumbersome, and in deep, soft mud any added traction will be lost in added drag.  The SD110 gets 500lb of thrust from a 12 inch prop assembly, which can quickly apply full power in forward or reverse in a 180 degree arc. The result is excellent maneuverability, even when pushing against mud and dragging along a floating pipeline.


All these features were critical at this Philippine site. The sludge was destined for drying beds south of the pond, so the logical approach was to start dredging on the south side. Production is best with a shorter pipeline. However, the only spot with even a token water depth was by the pond’s north end intake. The dredge would be inserted with mud on all sides and any movement would have to be in a canal of its own making.


 Image 2: Rotomite SD110 floats in the pool it has excavated, first day Dredging

Floating discharge line was connected to the SD110 before the crane picked it up, and dredging began the moment it set down. Due to the water shortage, the discharge was dumped back into a different section of the pond. That allowed solids to settle out and water to run back and fill up the hole being excavated. Within a few hours enough material was removed to let the dredge turn in any direction and dock up against the shore. One day later, the SD110 had channeled its way to the south shore and had begun filling the drying beds.







Topics: water treatment plant

Mine Restores Basin Capacity with Hydraulic Dredge

Posted by Isaiah Helm on Tue, Nov 18, 2014 @ 12:11 PM

SRS Crisafulli introduces the Rotomite model 6000-CD Dredge

SRS Crisafulli designed and built the self-propelled, steerable, diesel powered all-purpose dredge for both abrasive and soft slurries with a cast alloy pump, and 8” discharge, in the fall of 2013.  The dredge was tested at Fisher Sand and Gravel’s pond on Circle Highway northwest of the Company’s Glendive, Montana manufacturing plant, just before winter set in.


Photos:  R6CD dredge testing at Fisher Sand and Gravel, Glendive MT, 2013

2014 Job Site

During the winter, the SRS Crisafulli Dredge Sales and Rental Department worked with a copper mine in the American Southwest on a Dredge Rental contract. The mine needed to restore their basin capacity without stopping mine processes, which is the perfect application for hydraulic dredging.

Dredge Application:

Problem: The customer has a plastic-lined tailings dam that collects outflow from various processing facilities. The mixture is generally acidic, with lye added to balance ph levels. A floating pump transfers water and material from this small catch basin into a very large permanent tailings impoundment. The limited ability of the floating pump to pull in slurry led to a build-up of solids, which reduced the pond’s holding capacity.

The customer wanted to restore this capacity to original levels without stopping any mine processes or damaging the liner.

Solution: The new SRS Crisafulli Rotomite model 6000CD was selected for its ability to handle abrasive tailings materials. The Rotomite 6000CD also proved to be well suited for pumping through 500 ft. of 8 in floating discharge pipe, 1500 ft. of 10 inch fused pipe, and over an 80 ft. berm at 1300-1500 gpm. No booster pump was required, reducing cost and complexity of the system. The cutterhead was outfitted with a liner protection cage, preventing its horizontal auger from damaging the liner as it pushed slurry into the pump. This cage restricted the auger from digging into settled solids, so SRS Crisafulli’s unique cutterhead articulation became indispensible as the primary method of breaking up material.


The hydraulic thruster on the back of the Rotomite 6000CD was also a critical component. Both the perimeter and floor of the basin are irregularly shaped, and it is surrounded by a fence, making cable positioning difficult and cumbersome. The thruster’s 180 degree range of motion and hydraulically variable depth allowed quick and easy positioning of the dredge during operation and docking.

The project began with an estimated 76,000 cubic yards of material to be removed.  A satisfactory quantity of tailings was removed to restore the impoundment’s capacity.

Thanks to the SRS Crisafulli dredge rental program, the copper mine’s project was completed in less than six months.


The inaugural season of the R6CD was a great success.

Please call the offices to schedule a rental for 2015, or inquire about an equipment purchase.



Topics: dredging equipment rentals, Hydraulic dredging, Tailings Dam, Rotomite 6000CD

The world's largest stormwater alum treatment facility - in Florida

Posted by Eric Lillberg on Fri, Aug 09, 2013 @ 12:08 PM

Stormwater in the Florida canal system is slow moving.  The green, murky water in the lakes fed by the Apopka-Beauclair canal is caused by an overabundance of algae-feeding compounds, mainly phosphorus, resulting in chronic algal blooms.  The Nutrient Reduction Facility (NuRF) project designed a system to inject aluminum sulfate (alum) into the nutrient-laden water in direct proportion to the stormwater volume.

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Environmental Research and Design, Inc. (ERD) was founded in 1986 by Dr. Harvey H. Harper, P.E. as a water quality research and engineering firm. Work efforts at ERD are devoted primarily to the areas of surface water and groundwater management, stormwater treatment, lake restoration and sediment/water interaction. This specialization has allowed ERD to develop complete field, laboratory, computer and engineering related resources in these areas.

ERD has designed, permitted, and administered construction on more than 50 alum stormwater treatment systems, reflecting more than 90% of the existing systems world-wide. During 2008, construction was completed on the Lake County Nutrient Reduction Facility (NuRF) which has a treatment capacity of 300 cfs and is the largest system in existence. The system includes two floc storage ponds, a dedicated dredging system, floc dewatering system including centrifuge, and a floc storage area.

SRS Crisafulli participated with ERD and Dr. Harvey on the Lake County Nutrient Reduction Facility build.  In fact, SRS Crisafulli shipped two FLUMP remote-controlled dredge systems and an electric rail traverse system to this job in the summer of 2008.


RibbonCutting FLUMP dredge at canal

SRS Crisafulli's Senior Application Engineer, Eric Lillberg at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Lake County Water Authority, Florida

Dr. Harvey's research, which is very measured, indicates that "alum treatment of stormwater consistently provides removal efficiencies of 85-95% for total phosphorus, >95% for total suspended solids (TSS), 35-70% for total nitrogen, 60-90% for metals, and 90-99% for total fecal coliform bacteria."

The Nutrient Reduction Facility (also known as "NuRF") is a $7.272 million cooperative water quality improvement effort by the Lake County Water Authority, the St. Johns River Water Management District and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. The project uses off-line alum injection to remove pollutants flowing out of Lake Apopka into the rest of the Harris Chain of Lakes. Lake Apopka was historically one of the most polluted lakes in Florida, but restoration efforts are underway and there have been some signs of improvement. Still, discharge from the lake is the single largest source of controllable pollution in Lake County, Florida.

Gibbs & Register, Inc., a general contractor licensed in Florida was the general contractor on the project.  SRS Crisafulli worked with Equipment Plus, it's Florida Representative, on this pilot project.  Equipment Plus has been providing leading edge solutions to Florida's Water and Wastewater Industries since 1987, and collaborating with SRS Crisafulli from the beginning.

Larry Hickey at Equipment Plus reminds us that nutrient reduction is a key focus driven by the EPA and now adopted in State standards.  Florida has recently implemented a set of numeric nutrient standards for lakes, springs, and streams.  Those are available at the Florida FDEP website.

We can think of a few other regions which might consider this approach to manage the excess nutrient load in their lakes and streams.


To read more about our business partners on this innovative nutrient removal process, here are the links:


Environmental Research and Design, Inc. (ERD)

Lake County Nutrient Reduction Facility

Gibbs & Register, Inc.,

Equipment Plus

Florida FDEP website


Topics: dredge, dredging system, alum sludge, stormwater management, alum treatment facility, EPA, NuRF, nutrient reduction

Lagoon Maintenance Dredging every Decade

Posted by Laura Fleming on Thu, Mar 21, 2013 @ 11:03 AM

SRS Crisafulli has discovered the Rural Water Association.  This winter, Troy Fercho, Frank Robinson, Tristan Hoff and I attended shows in North Dakota, Montana, Minnesota, and Idaho.   At these Rural Water Association Trade Shows, we promoted SRS Crisafulli's dredge equipment and rental services to assist communities in managing the long term, low cost resource of their wastewater lagoon systems. 

Flump Dredge System

When lagoon operators use proven, successful, operating and maintenance procedures, Wastewater Lagoon Plants can get in compliance, and can stay in compliance.  Many lagoons have been in service for 30, 40, or 50 years.  Lagoons should be desludged every 8 to 10 years for optimum performance.

One of our dredge systems, the remote controlled Flump Dredge System, pictured here, is an electric, unmanned system that is available for sale or can be rented directly by a facility or by a contractor.  All of our dredge systems are made in the USA – in Montana to be exact. We provide installation and operator training for dredge sales anywhere in the world, and for rentals anywhere in the USA and Canada.

What have we learned at the Rural Water Shows?  One of the high notes of the Great Falls conference was meeting Steve Harris, an independent consultant from Arizona, who has provided lagoon optimization and troubleshooting services for over a decade.  Steve gave several presentations on lagoon troubleshooting at the Montana Rural Water Association convention in Great Falls.  

How to Upset a Wastewater Treatment Plant

Steve Harris put a little bug in my ear about the impact of methamphetamine laboratories on wastewater treatment lagoons.  Quick investigation produced a similar article in the December, 2012 issue of Treatment Plant Operator, by wastewater treatment plant Laboratory Detective, Ron Tygar, entitled, "Knowing What’s Coming." Ron writes:  “Industries are not the only sources of discharges that can upset treatment plants.  Residential abusers can have big impacts, too.”  In his article, Ron, gave two specific examples of residential sewage abusers - deep fat turkey fryers, and methamphetamine labs.

In the first case, residents sometimes face the dilemma of what to do with 7 to 8 gallons of used cooking oil once the Thanksgiving holiday has passed. Some ingenious homeowners have discovered that the 3-inch PVC clean-out cap sticking up in the yard is conveniently connected to the local sewer system. 

In the second case, the high levels of waste ammonia discharged into the sewer system along with other hazardous substances create a high-strength, or even toxic waste to the fragile micro-organisms.

Troubleshooting your Lagoon

Steve is the author of Wastewater Lagoon Troubleshooting - An Operators Guide to Solving Problems and Optimizing Wastewater Lagoon Systems.  Steve's textbook charts eight general problems in lagoon management: 

     (1)  low dissolved oxygen,  (2)  toxicity, (3)  odors, (4)  low temperature, (5)  high coliform, (6)  high BOD (biological oxygen demand), (7)  TSS Control (total suspended solids), and my favorite, (8)  “Short Circuiting” which refers to hydraulic inefficiencies that allow wastewater to exit a lagoon over a time shorter than necessary to completely stabilize it. 

In terms of the potential value to lagoon operators of a dredging resource, removing sludge scores a 7 out of 8.  Steve offers at least five strategies for each of the eight major issues on the way to optimum lagoon performance and compliance.

There are many fine points in managing wastewater systems.  Our interest as a supplier of "sludge removal systems" is to support the longevity and efficiency of lagoons as operating systems.

As Steve Harris writes in the preface to his textbook, “The knowledge concerning diagnosing and solving operational problems in wastewater stabilization ponds has been greatly expanded over the last twenty years.  Many papers have been published in scientific journals and several excellent books have been written on the subject of wastewater lagoon systems.  Years of consulting with lagoon operators across the US, Canada, Mexico and Central and South America has shown me that little of this valuable information ever reaches lagoon operators.”

Another resource that addresses that same knowledge gap is the Maine Lagoon Systems website, which has a  mission is to promote clean water resources through the enhanced communication of wastewater lagoon system operators in the state of Maine and beyond. This website provides an online presence in which operators of lagoon systems can network with each other on various issues of wastewater treatment relative to today's demand of a clean water environment.

A technical note from the Maine Lagoon Systems offers the following:

It has been reported that as many as 60 percent of the BOD5 (The amount of dissolved oxygen consumed in five days by bacteria that perform biological degradation of organic matter) violations nationally may have been caused by nitrification in the BOD5 test rather than by improper design or operation (Hall and Foxen 1983). Consequently, millions of dollars may have been spent needlessly on new treatment facilities.

To decide if you too want to meet Steve Harris, a 2009 lecture is available on YouTube.

H&S Environmental is committed to helping you get better performance from the wastewater lagoons you're already using.  Their goal is to provide wastewater lagoon operators with practical, easy to use and cost effective tools to solve their toughest wastewater lagoon challenges.  H&S Environmental is committed to the belief that wastewater lagoons are capable of producing high quality effluents...effluents that will consistently meet tougher new permit limits.  Some of the chief problems with wastewater lagoons are operational, but many lagoon problems are the result of design deficiencies that can be fixed.

To learn more about Lagoon Dredging or
to inquire about dredge rentals or purchasing options...
Contact us Now!



Steve Harris, H & S Environmental

Maine Lagoon Systems

Rural Water Association

Treatment Plant Operator

Topics: crisafulli, dredge, srs crisafulli, lagoon dredges, dredging system, dredging equipment rentals, lagoon, Treatment Plant Operator, Municipal dredging, biosolids, Montana, water treatment plant, wastewater treatment plant, sludge, maintenance dredging

The Experts’ Views of Horizontal Hydraulic Auger Dredging

Posted by John Zuccerella on Thu, Feb 14, 2013 @ 14:02 PM

Four Major Benefits of Horizontal Hydraulic Auger Dredges

I attended the 42nd Texas A & M University dredging short course in January 2013. Despite the mountain of excellent information I gleaned from the course, I was disappointed that my dredging field wasn’t featured. Horizontal hydraulic auger dredging has been around for nearly 50 years, but remains the unknown stepchild of the dredging world. That may be changing as environmental dredging becomes more prominent. Horizontal hydraulic auger dredges are ideal for environmental projects for several reasons.

First, horizontal hydraulic auger dredges are small. I know everybody wants bigger, but small has advantages. One advantage is cost. Small horizontal hydraulic auger dredges are priced for as little as $200,000 for a new unit. Even the largest horizontal hydraulic auger dredges don’t break the $1,000,000 mark. Another advantage is transportability. Most horizontal hydraulic auger dredges can be carried on standard step-deck trailers. These units come fully assembled and are ready to begin dredging as soon as you put them in the water. A final advantage of small size is dredge productivity. Current dewatering and decontamination methods handle about 1000 gallons per minute with larger units handling about 2500 gallons per minute, numbers that match closely the productivity of horizontal hydraulic auger dredge pumps.

A second benefit is ease of use. Alternative cutter-suction dredges are complicated. To use a cutter-suction dredge the operator must worry about step angle, advance, moving into the cut, cutting the bank, Net Positive Suction Head Required (NPSHR) and vacuum, winch placement, cut angle and a host of other problems. Horizontal hydraulic auger dredges move forward; that’s it. Just point the dredge where you want to cut, lower the cutterhead, and move forward. This simple system can be taught to any employee/operator in less than half a day. The pump is mounted on a “ladder” eliminating worry about NPSHR. Dredge cuts are in broad lanes, which are easy to track even without a complicated sonar assembly.

A third benefit, and perhaps the most important, is turbidity. Cutter-suction dredges kick a cloud of dredged material into the water and then the operator hopes he can suck all that undesirable material into the mouth of the dredge pump. Unfortunately, cutter-suction dredges are never able to suck all that material up, and leave as much as much as 20% of all disturbed solids. In environmental cleanup projects that’s 20% of polluted material left in suspension, enough to get most job sites shut down. By contrast, horizontal hydraulic auger dredges push the dredged material into a shroud that directs the material into the pump’s suction mouth. The shrouding of material enables horizontal hydraulic auger dredges to suck up as much as 99% of dredged material, a highly desirable result.

The final reason to consider a horizontal hydraulic auger dredge for your project is closely related to the second reason. The cable traverse system of horizontal hydraulic auger dredges makes them easy to control remotely. Unmanned horizontal hydraulic auger dredges provide safety in jobs where you don’t want your people in the water. If the material is bad enough that it requires an environmental cleanup, you probably don’t want your people in the water. I know that when I’m operating a dredge I prefer to be sitting in a lawn chair sipping a cool drink, rather than on a dredge surrounded by 5 million gallons of toxic material.

This isn’t a comprehensive list of the reasons you might use a horizontal hydraulic auger dredge for environmental cleanup, but it covers many of the high points. No dredge is perfect. There are benefits and uses for every dredge type, but horizontal hydraulic auger dredges are ideally designed to handle most environmental dredging projects.


Topics: Dredges, dredge, dredging system, Horizontal hydraulic auger dredges, Texas A&M, Texas A & M University dredging short course

Dredging the Hudson River

Posted by Elizabeth Kaiser on Wed, May 30, 2012 @ 16:05 PM

By Laura Fleming, SRS Crisafulli President and CFO

SRS Crisafulli follows the activities of our larger corporate cousins tackling tough environmental remediation dredging projects.  One of the toughest is the Hudson River EPA PCB GE cleanup.

Video Source: Hudson Dredging Video; General Electric logo The Hudson River Dredging Project

Dredging has resumed in the Upper Hudson River for the 2012 season - Phase II Year 2. Massachusetts based Cashman Dredging & Marine Contracting Co., LLC is performing the dredging.  The crews are working 24/6 on this seasonal, multi-year project.

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 Photo Source:  Cashmandredging.com; "Hudson River PCB Remediation Phase II 2012"

350,000 cubic yards, or 400,000 tons, of sediment will be dredged from the Hudson River this year.  The sediment will be unloaded, processed, dewatered, and disposed of.

Cheers to Cashman Dredging & Marine Contracting as they move forward on this difficult river cleanup. 


 General Electric logo The Hudson River Dredging Project - read more


GE has published a series of technical papers for the Hudson River Dredging Project.  As this is a PCB project, evaluation of resuspension is critical.  A more abstract issue is a future looking model of species weighted fish fillet average PCB concentration for 2020 and 2046.  

You may also read about the Hudson River PCBs Superfund Site on the EPA website.  This project was debated and then planned for many years.  It is good news to see the execution phase vigorously continued.

Topics: Dredges, dredge, dredging, dredging system, Articles, Hudson River, habitat remediation, river dredging

Suggested Tips: Dredge Maintenance Schedule

Posted by Elizabeth Kaiser on Wed, May 16, 2012 @ 08:05 AM

Whether you have just installed your new dredge or you have been dredging for a while, you should follow a lubrication and maintenance schedule in order to ensure a long and useful life for your dredge.  SRS Crisafulli includes a suggested maintenance schedule in our dredge Operations and Maintenance (O&M) manuals.

The following suggested maintenance schedule is included in all SRS Crisafulli dredge Operations and Maintenance (O&M) manuals.


  • General condition of unit
  • Engine oil, leakage, pressure gauge registration, pressure warning lamp
  • Fuel leakage, level
  • Coolant level and condition, temperature registration
  • Radiator filler cap fitting condition
  • ALL belts (fan, alternator, air conditioning, water pump)
  • Battery
  • Grease zerks
  • Hydraulic hoses, pumps, valves and components, reservoir and cylinder
  • Gauges and sight bottles
  • Pivoting Traverse Gear Box (if applicable)
Lubrication Points on a Rotomite
Cutterhead seals
 Traverse Bearings Seals
 Ladder Pins



  • Cutterhead bolts and tines
  • Engine oil filter element


  • Primary and secondary fuel filter
  • Main dredge pump


  • Engine oil and engine oil filter element replacement


  • Fuel filter
  • Impeller


  • Sample hydraulic oil
  • Hydraulic filters
  • Valve clearance check
  • Traverse winch drum, idler pulleys and cable
  • Lateral positioning cables and winch drum
  • Safety decals


Watch new video!  SRS Crisafulli's Rotomite 6000C Series.

Watch how to install discharge tubing.

Download a Dredge Application form.

Calculate cost of replacement parts.

Topics: Dredges, crisafulli, dredge, dredging, dredging system, Product Information, Spare Parts, dredging safety

Natchez Wastewater Treatment Facility Finds Success with New System

Posted by Elizabeth Kaiser on Fri, May 04, 2012 @ 08:05 AM

By Elizabeth Kaiser, SRS Crisafulli Marketing Manager

A popular magazine at the SRS Crisafulli offices is Treatment Plant Operator (TPO), which serves municipal water system operators.

The November 2011 issue of TPO featured the Natchez, Mississippi Wastewater Treatment Facility in their Top Performer - Biosolids section, with an article titled "Sun Dried Success". 

"Natchez is the site of a new “greenhouse” solar biosolids drying system" states TPO.

The American Council of Engineering Companies recently awarded WGK, Inc., the general civil/engineering and surveying firm for this project, their Grand Conceptor's Award for the design of the upgrades to the plant.  Congratulations to WGK!

Natchez has two, 3-acre holding ponds.  Prior to their system upgrade, the disposal process for the sludge from these holding ponds was expensive and time consuming.  Natchez WWTF hauled their biosolids - with solids content of 10% - and disposed of the material using liquid injection at a nearby site. 

Today, the wastewater treatment plant produces a biosolid with at least 75% solids that meets class A standards.  A SRS Crisafulli FLUMP dredge helps the plant accomplish this new standard successfully.

 Natchez FLUMP dredge

 Photo Credit:  TPO magazine, November 2011

Installing a FLUMP dredge eliminated transportation and equipment rentals costs, and reduced environmental risks. The total project impact has reduced operating expenses by at least $200,000/per annum.

Michael Stewart, Natchez Wastewater Treatment Plant Manager, told SRS Crisafulli their goal was "not to make money but to save money."  Michael said they "save money every time they start the FLUMP dredge."

The Natchez Wastewater Treatment system went online a little over a year ago.  Today, their Crisafulli FLUMP dredge is operating 8 hours a day, while in production, and is going strong.  The Crisafulli FLUMP dredge pumps the dredged sludge from the ponds to a 65,000 gallon tank.  The sludge is then pumped to a belt press conveyor system.   The FLUMP dredge fills this 65,000 gallon tank twice a day.

The Natchez Wastewater Treatment Facility intends to resell the sun dried product to farmers. The wastewater treatment facility will not only save money with their new system, but will also make money.

Do watch the November 2011 TPO video of the Natchez system, narrated by Michael Stewart, Plant Manager.  He does an excellent job of explaining the art of this 5 million galls/day rated wastewater treatment facility, serving a population of 30,000.



Read the TPO "Sun Dried Success" article.

Read Natches Democrat article "Water Works awarded for dealing with your waste".

Watch a Crisafulli FLUMP video.

Read Crisafulli FLUMP case histories and testimonials.


Topics: Dredges, crisafulli, dredge, dredging, lagoon dredges, dredging system, dredging and pumps, flump, lagoon, TPO, Treatment Plant Operator, Municipal dredging, biosolids

SRS Crisafulli Explores Dredging and Hydropower

Posted by Elizabeth Kaiser on Wed, Jan 25, 2012 @ 08:01 AM

By Elizabeth Kaiser, SRS Crisafulli Marketing Manager

Energy production and consumption worldwide is influenced by many factors.  Resource availability, economic activity, population growth and environmental regulations, for instance, all affect the types of energy production that may be available to consumers.   One of the cheapest methods of energy production is hydroelectric power.

Last spring’s press release by the U.S. Department of the Interior, Departments of Energy and Interior Announce $26.6 Million in Funding to Develop Advanced Hydropower Technologies, announced  “funding for research and development projects to advance hydropower technology, including pumped storage hydropower.”  Hydropower is a sustainable and clean power generating process.  “These funding opportunities will help unlock innovative approaches to hydropower development that emphasize sustainable, clean power generation while reducing environmental impacts.” 

What is the hydropower process?  In short, falling water is passed through a hydroelectric generator to produce electricity. Another hydropower process involves what is called “pumped-storage”. As explained by the Tennessee Valley Authority, “A pumped-storage plant uses two reservoirs, one located at a much higher elevation than the other.  During periods of low demand for electricity, such as nights and weekends, energy is stored by reversing the turbines and pumping water from the lower to the upper reservoir.”

Watch this YouTube video "Hydroelectic Power - How it Works"


How is dredging part of this scenario?  The most serious technical problem for hydroelectric dams is accumulation of silt which reduces the water storage capacity of the dam.   Reduced storage capacity limits both electricity generation and the availability of fresh water for downstream uses.  Periodic maintenance dredging removes silt deposits from the dam reservoir and restores water storage capacity, thereby allowing the hydroelectric dam to function more effectively. Periodic dredging can reduce potential negative impacts on fresh water availability without interrupting energy production.


Want to learn more about hydroelectric dam dredging?  Contact us.

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