UK: Parrett and Tone Dredging Kicks Off

Dredging of the rivers Parrett and Tone has now started. The crucial 8km stretch that was identified by the Environment Agency (EA) modelling following the flood event of 2012 is currently where the operation is taking place.

Dredging will start at Moorland House Farm with a long reach excavator. This is one of the key elements of the 20-year action plan to reduce flood risk for the Somerset Levels and Moors.

“The EA are working towards restoring the Rivers to the 1960s profile, but currently we have not had access to those either. It is essential that we have access to this information to ensure that there is total transparency for this dredge that is so vital for our future on the Levels,” announced Flooding on the Levels Action Group (FLAG).

It’s FLAG’s role to continue to push for a change Government policy, this includes the acknowledgement that the Somerset levels are a unique place and that a fairer funding system is required. We need to ensure policy change occurs so that a whole catchment charge is agreed upon. This will make sure there is money for continued maintenance of the river systems and the infrastructure that is vital, including the upgrade of pumping stations such as North Moor. We need to ensure funding is spent wisely on essential projects and that taxpayers get the best value for money,” they stated.

Press Release, March 31, 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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