FLAG: Dredging is Crucial for Somerset Levels (UK)

Since the release of the proposed 20 Year Plan last week, there has been a lot of discussion about the costings and cause of the floods that have devastated the Somerset Levels over the past 2 months.

Flooding on the Levels Action Group (FLAG) insists that dredging will make a major difference to the flood risk of the Somerset Levels, as will the subsequent maintenance and management of the rivers and waterways to the workable standard that it was 20 years ago.

Factors such as modifying farming practises, ensuring that the upper catchment area plants trees to slow the water flow, use sustainable drainage systems to hold water back and other measures will certainly help minimise flooding on the Levels, but the bread and butter of the matter is the continued cleaning and maintaining of the waterways, they said.

Data from the Environment Agency following the flood of 2012 agrees that dredging would have a significant impact on the flooding situation.

Press Release, March 11, 2014

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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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