Cleveland Harbor Dredging Project Gets Nod (USA)

Ohio EPA approved a request by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to dredge the Cleveland Harbor and Cuyahoga River, which is essential to allowing shipping traffic to continue using the economically important waterway.

Ohio EPA’s Section 401 water quality certification allows the Corps of Engineers to dredge up to 225,000 cubic yards of material and deposit it in the designated confined disposal facilities, as it has done since the early 1970s. No dredging material can be placed in the open lake.

Using the confined disposal facilities is the right decision and the decision Ohio and the Army Corps made for 40 years,” said Ohio EPA Director Craig Butler. “Placing the material in the open lake doesn’t make sense for the health of Lake Erie.

Ohio EPA did not authorize open-lake placement of the dredge material this year because the Agency has concerns about the potential of increased PCB bioaccumulation in fish.

This is a concern because Lake Erie already has fish consumption advisories due to legacy PCB contamination and PCB bioaccumulation.

In addition, the water quality certification application contained insufficient data to characterize the sediments and the proposal was contrary to the federal Great Lakes Testing Manual.

Ohio EPA will continue to work with the Corps to more fully analyze the dredged material in the future and work with the Corps, the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority and other interested parties to develop appropriate long-term strategies for managing and the beneficial use of material generated by future dredging activities.

Ohio EPA held a public meeting on March 6, 2014, in Cleveland to discuss the issue and take public comments.

Issuance of the final certification can be appealed to the Environmental Review Appeals Commission (ERAC).

Press Release, April 15, 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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