Congress OKs USD 300 Million for Great Lakes’ Environmental Programs (USA)

Congress has approved $300 million to continue a multiyear program aimed at fixing some of the Great Lakes’ most severe environmental programs. Some of the money is expected to benefit Lake Superior and Duluth.

The money will go to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, a multi-agency federal effort to clean up toxic materials, fight invasive species, and restore wetlands and habitat. Projects in the Duluth area include dredging toxic sediment out of the St. Louis River, monitoring beaches for bacteria, and restoring area watersheds.

Congress appropriated $475 million dollars in 2010 to kick-start the initiative. This new funding for the next fiscal year is about the same as this year’s.

“So that’s a really good news story for the Great Lakes, especially in light of the economy and the budget cutting frenzy on Capitol Hill,” said Jeff Skelding is campaign director for the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition.

Dredging Today Staff, December 23, 2011;

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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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