Officials Discuss Upper Mississippi River Restoration Program

Huddled around a small conference table at the Clarence Cannon National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters in Annada, Mo., March 4, members of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers St. Louis District, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the public discussed a draft plan to improve the wetland ecosystem of the entire 3,750-acre refuge.

Benefits of the proposed plan include restoration of native wetland plants, improved floodplain connectivity, decreased habitat fragmentation, and improved water delivery and drainage achieved by degrading interior berms; constructing a levee setback, water control structures and a pump station; restoring historic river meanders and planting floodplain trees and other wetland plants.

“This is the first Upper Mississippi River Restoration habitat project proposing to construct a setback levee on the Mississippi River,” Dr. Kat McCain, St. Louis District ecologist, said. “This will help connect the Wildlife Refuge to the Mississippi River and allow fish and other aquatic species access into the refuge. It will increase the overall health of not only the refuge, but the entire Mississippi River system.

Once complete, the proposed project will mimic the historic seasonal flooding and drying cycles required to provide food and habitat resources to fish and wildlife.

Press Release, March 13, 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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