CEDER is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation dedicated to educating and informing political and business leaders, media and the general public about the economic, social, political, historical and natural environment of the Columbia Basin, Puget Sound, the Oregon and Washington Coast and related estuaries and watersheds.
CEDER provides two distinct functions to fulfill its mission: developing basic informational materials to educate regional policy makers; and providing a forum to decision makers to establish a vision and set direction for the future of the region. Both the educational function and the regional policy function will provide valuable products that will improve regional policy development.
In 2002, a PNWA study demonstrated the need to increase utilization of the federal hopper dredges to maintain Northwest navigation channels and harbors. This study prompted a federal GAO study and improved subsequent changes in federal policy. To find out more, go to our Minimum Dredge Fleet study.