USA: Senators Strongly Support Great Lakes Dredging

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand urged the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to dedicate at least $30 million from their budget for infrastructure improvements along the Great Lakes.

The Senators sent the letter, along with Senators Kirk, Levin, Baldwin, Klobuchar, Franken, Brown, Portman, Stabenow, Donnelly, Johnson and Durbin, to push for dedicated Great Lakes funding from the $200 million pot of eligible funding in the USACE budget. Senators Schumer and Gillibrand successfully fought to boost the USACE’s funding levels in the recently-passed budget, with projects like Great Lakes dredging in mind.

The Senators argued that the Great Lakes are a critical navigation route for shipping raw materials through the interior of the country, but many areas around ports are desperately in need of dredging, repairs, and infrastructure improvements.

Without such repairs, ships will continue to “light-load” and face potential grounding, which slows commerce and can cause some harbors to close.

“The Great Lakes, throughout history, have been an arterial navigation route for our manufacturers and businesses, and we must ensure these critical resources are well-maintained. In particular, an efficient Great Lakes system impacts the delivery of products to market and the ability of businesses in New York to grow – especially at major New York ports on the Lakes like Buffalo, Rochester, Oswego, Dunkirk and Ogdensburg. But the infrastructure that services these ports, and indeed the environment itself, is in need of maintenance to ensure they continue to be a hub for shipping and commerce,” said Schumer. “That’s why we’re urging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to direct more funds to Great Lakes dredging and repair projects, particularly given their funding boost in the just-passed appropriations bill.”

The Great Lakes are a lifeline to local economies across upstate New York,” said Senator Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee. “But too many of New York’s lakeside communities today are cut off when shipping vessels cannot operate in or even reach our ports and harbors, and our economy is paying the price. We need to make this targeted investment to help strengthen our local ports and harbors, and make the most of their potential to strengthen our businesses, support jobs, and grow our economy.”

Press Release, February 9, 2014

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3rd International Congress Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging

Russia’s leading maritime industry Media Group PortNews ( 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:

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