Senators Back Legislation to End Great Lakes Dredging Crisis

Thirteen Great Lakes Senators yesterday have sent a letter to key legislators who will lead the House/Senate conference on the Water Resources Reform and Development Act urging them to include provisions that will bring more Federal dredging dollars back to the Lakes and break the dredging crisis’ stranglehold on shipping on the Fourth Seacoast.

Years of inadequate funding for dredging have left the largest vessels using only about 90 percent of their per-trip capacity and the resulting inefficiencies are hampering the recovery of the Midwest economy.

The letter to Chairmen Boxer and Shuster and Ranking Members Vitter and Rahall asks that at least 15 percent of all annual Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (“HMTF”) appropriations be provided for maintaining the Great Lakes Navigation System (“GLNS”). The Senators also ask that the GLNS be explicitly authorized as a single system. Any expanded uses of the HMTF should await full restoration of currently authorized projects.

James H. I. Weakley, President of Lake Carriers’ Association, applauded the Senators for their ongoing commitment to ending the dredging crisis: “The dredging backlog on the Lakes has grown to more than 18 million cubic yards, yet at the same time the surplus in the HMTF has burgeoned to more than $7 billion. A properly crafted Water Resources Reform and Development Act can end this neglect and usher in a new age of Great Lakes shipping. The battle is not yet won, but the Senators’ letter sends a strong message that our country can no longer tolerate the dredging crisis on the Lakes.”

Great Lakes Senators signing the letter are Carl Levin (D-MI), Mark Kirk (R-IL), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Rob Portman (R-OH), Al Franken (D-MN), Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Kristen E. Gillibrand (D-NY), Richard Durbin (D-IL), and Ron Johnson (R-WI).

Press Release, November 27, 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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