USA: Emeriti Park to See Improvements This Summer

Visitors to Emeriti Park next to Baker University Center will see a temporary interruption to the serenity of the area this summer, as several construction improvements are underway, including pond dredging and additional lighting features.

The pond was excavated at a depth of 8 feet in 1998 and has steadily collected silt over the years, to such an extent that it’s now 4-feet deep in some places, according to Mark Whitney, design and construction project manager for Ohio University.

“The overall health of the pond is better with the proper depth, so I was charged with finding a means to dredge it to its original contours,” he explained.

Although traditional pond dredging involves draining the pond and using heavy machinery to haul away the silt, the University has sought an environmentally-friendly method that will leave a small environmental impact on the park.

Two divers with hoses attached to a suction pump will suck up sediment from the pond floor and pump it into two large 3,000 cubic feet geotextile fabric bags that will be located near Ping Center along South Green Drive.

The project will begin in mid-July and is expected to take two weeks, weather permitting.

During dredging, equipment and hoses may be placed across the sidewalk in the park, so the area could be closed to traffic until the project is complete.

After the geotextile bags dry for 60 days, the silt material will be taken to the compost area at The Ridges for processing.

Press Release, May 9, 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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