Great Lakes Face Serious Low Lake Levels (USA)

Currently, Lake Superior is three inches below the level it was at this date, last year. Overall, Superior is 13 inches below average.

Lakes Huron and Michigan are currently 15 inches below last year’s levels, and 26 inches below average, overall.

The below average levels on the Great Lakes are being blamed, in large part, on the Midwest’s prolonged drought.

It’s a major concern for the shipping industry, say officials, noting that ships already have to reduce their cargo by 10 percent to make it through the various shipping channels throughout the Great Lakes.

Dredging the channels deeper than the reference point isn’t an option, either.

“When the water level is lower than the reference point, you don’t dig deeper to have the same depth channel. They only dig to the depth from the reference point,” said Duluth Seaway Port Authority Facilities Manager Jim Sharrow.

Sharrow says dredging funds come from the federal harbor maintenance tax, but that only a fraction actually goes into its intended purpose.

He says officials are currently calling on Congress to take action on the issue.

Source: northlandsnewscenter, April 5, 2013

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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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