Fire Island National Seashore to Proceed with Dredging Projects (USA)

On September 9, 2013, the National Park Service (NPS) released an environmental assessment (EA) for public review that proposed to dredge existing navigational channels and their associated marinas and docking facilities at three sites on Fire Island.

The purpose of the dredging project was to reestablish safe, public access to NPS facilities in the aftermath of multiple storm events, including Hurricane Sandy in October, 2012. The EA was completed in accordance with the 1969 National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the regulations of the Council on Environmental Quality.

During the public comment period for the EA (September 9 – October 27, 2013), the NPS received a total of six public comments on the EA. All comments were in favor of the project, stating that dredging the channels and marinas will make navigation easier and safer for recreational boating.

Based on the analysis presented in the EA and comments received from the public and involved agencies, the NPS selected the alternative to re-dredge the channels and marina areas at Sailors Haven, Talisman/Barrett Beach and Watch Hill.

The NPS is in the process of obtaining the project permits required by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The dredging activities are scheduled to be completed at Sailors Haven and Watch Hill by January, 2015.

Dredging at Talisman/Barrett Beach will be completed when future funding becomes available.

Press Release, April 22, 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.

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To learn more about event, please, contact the organizing committee: snitko@portnews.ru

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