USA: Army Corps to Dredge Cleveland Harbor in May

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will commence the Cleveland Harbor dredging program next month to facilitate the 2014 shipping season.

“Dredging the harbor is an absolute must for Northern Ohio manufacturing and the thousands of jobs it supports,” said U.S. Representative Marcy Kaptur. “I am relieved that Cleveland will stay open for business this shipping season, but we have to focus on a longer-term solution.”

The Corps of Engineers previously had threatened to stop dredging Cleveland harbor unless it received a permit to dump the material directly into Lake Erie, despite opposition from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. This announcement means the Corps will follow existing protocol to dredge the harbor and dispose of the sediment in the confined disposal facility (CDF).

Congresswoman Kaptur said she discussed the Cleveland situation extensively this morning with Major General John Peabody, a northern Ohio native who serves as deputy commanding general for civil and emergency operations, and thanked him for the decision to begin dredging not only in Cleveland but also Toledo.

Kaptur also urged Gen. Peabody to adopt a policy of “beneficial reuse” of the dredged material whenever possible and she encouraged the Corps of collaborate with all stakeholders, including the Port of Cleveland and the Western Lake Erie Basin Partnership, to develop filtering mechanisms to reduce sediment flow into a fragile Lake Erie, which has been subject to severe algal blooms hastened by lake turbidity.

Press Release, April 24, 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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