USA: Muskegon Lake Dredging Moves Forward

Muskegon Lake Dredging Moves Forward

A $12 million worth cleanup of the Muskegon Lake bottom is approaching its completion.

Ever since it commenced in June, about 41,000 cubic yards of mercury- and petroleum-laced sediment have been dredged out from 46 acres of lake bottom in a bay off the Division Street Outfall.

The initial phase included sediment removal and it was ended in October. Covering the lake bottom with a 6- to 12-inch layer of clean sand from Jackson-Merkey Contractors is part of the next phase that is currently being conducted.

Re-dredging of some still polluted areas is expected to be undertaken these days. Recent testing has shown that 17 spots require further dredging.

We hope to finish before ice forms,” said Diana Mally, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency official overseeing the project, at a Nov. 17 meeting of the Muskegon Lake Watershed Partnership. That would meet the original goal of completing the project by year’s end.

In order to cover the project costs, the EPA is paying for 65% of the project, that is about $7.8 million, from a Great Lakes Legacy Act grant, while the remaining $4.2 million is provided from a state source, the Clean Michigan Initiative bond fund.

Dredging Today Staff, November 28, 2011; Image: epa

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3rd International Congress Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging

Russia’s leading maritime industry Media Group PortNews (www.portnews.ru) holds a traditional annual Congress “Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging” in Moscow. 

The two-day Congress includes the 7th International Forum of Dredging Companies and the 3rd Technical Conference “Modern Solutions for Hydraulic Engineering”.

Infrastructure development is among the real sources of Russia’s economy growth. Construction of port facilities and new hydraulic engineering structures on the country’s inland waterways constitute an essential part of all infrastructure projects. It is important to take into account the best international practices to implement these projects effectively.

The program of the Congress will be devoted to the latest technologies for dredging and hydraulic engineering works. Speakers and delegates will refer to real projects to discuss specifics features of dredging works, as well as dedicated fleet and equipment involved.

To learn more about event, please, contact the organizing committee: snitko@portnews.ru

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