EPA to Start Final Stage of Portage Creek Cleanup (USA)

This week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will begin the final stage of cleanup work on Portage Creek, which flows into Michigan’s Kalamazoo River.

Approximately 4,000 cubic yards of contaminated sediment will be removed from the creek. EPA expects to complete the Portage Creek cleanup this year — months ahead of the initially-projected Summer 2014 completion date. The cost of the cleanup is being covered by EPA’s Superfund program.

The Kalamazoo River Valley Trail underpass and pedestrian bridge behind Veteran’s Park will be closed from August through October, while the cleanup is underway. Trail detour signs will be posted. Parts of Veteran’s Park will also be closed to the public during the project, but the monument area will remain open. Crews may need to shut down one lane of westbound Michigan Avenue when entering or exiting the work area with heavy equipment.

The nearly $16 million Superfund cleanup of two miles of Portage Creek began in September 2011. So far, EPA has removed approximately 17,000 cubic yards of sediment contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) from former paper processing operations. EPA has also stabilized creek banks to prevent erosion, filled excavated sections with clean rock and sand, and planted native vegetation.

Press Release, August 1, 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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