USA: Governor Awards Grants to Combat Climate Change Impacts

The U.S. Patrick Administration announced nearly $1 million in funding to support local climate preparedness efforts to address the effects of coastal storms, flooding, erosion and sea level rise.

The funding for this first-ever round of Coastal Community Resilience Grants was made available through U.S. Governor Patrick’s$50 million investment in climate change initiatives and will be awarded to of Barnstable, Boston, Brewster,Gloucester, Hingham, Hull, Oak Bluffs, Provincetown, Salem andWeymouth.

We were thrilled with the local response to this program,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Rick Sullivan. “These projects will result in important, on-the-ground strategies for climate preparedness in coastal communities, keeping residents, homes, businesses and natural resources safer up and down our coastline. We look forward to continuing our partnership with communities on the Patrick Administration’scomprehensive plan to protect Massachusetts from the damaging effects of climate change.

The goal of this new program, administered by EEA’s Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM), is to provide financial and technical resources for advancing new and innovative local efforts to increase awareness of climate impacts, identify vulnerabilities and implement measures to increase community resilience.

Erosion, flooding and storm damage are serious problems in coastal communities, and with a changing climate and sea level rise, the challenges posed by these hazards are projected to worsen and broaden,” said CZM Director Bruce Carlisle. “Through the new Coastal Community Resilience Grants Program, we are providing these forward-thinking coastal cities and towns with much-needed assistance in identifying and implementing effective solutions.

Press Release, April 7, 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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