Report Shows Highest Pollution and Toxicity Levels in California Waterways (USA)

Urban waterways in California have the highest levels of pollution from heavy metals and industrial organic compounds, according to an online report containing data and tests collected from all over the state by the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board).

The Stream Pollution Trends (SPoT) monitoring program is the first consistent assessment of large watersheds across California to determine how stream pollution concentrations are affected by urban and agricultural development.

This SPoT program measures contaminant concentrations and toxicity in stream sediments that accumulate in downstream reaches of large watersheds.

The report is a first step in identifying stream pollution trends and measuring the effectiveness of efforts to protect California waterways. The State Water Board and the nine Regional Water Quality Control Boards (Regional Water Boards) administer a variety of programs to improve

the state’s waters.

Dredging Today Staff, April 30, 2012;

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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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