VIDEO: WRRDA is Strong, Bipartisan, Pro-Jobs Bill, Says Senator (USA)

U.S. Sen. David Vitter, the lead Senate Republican negotiator for the Water Resources Reform & Development Act (WRRDA), yesterday announced that it passed 91-7.

This is a huge win for Louisiana that will provide significant coastal restoration, hurricane and flood protection, reforms to the Corps, accelerated projects, and of course, jobs,” Vitter said. “It’s easily one of the most important bills for Louisiana we’ll pass this year, and we got it done with a strong bipartisan and open process.”

Last week, Vitter and the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee released highlights of the bipartisan, bicameral agreement that was reached on the WRRDA conference report. WRRDA provides critical hurricane and flood protection for communities across the country.

The final bill has several provisions that directly benefit Louisiana including the following:

– Authorization for Morganza to the Gulf;

– Modification to the deepening authorization for the Port of Iberia;

– Coastal and ecosystem restoration through the authorization of six Louisiana Coastal Area projects;

– Critical reforms to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that expedite project delivery and penalize the Corps for missing deadlines;

– Authorization for the Corps to perform future levee lifts for the hurricane protection system;

– Increase in Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund expenditures, prioritization for funding for high-and medium-use ports, and an increase in the threshold for 100% Corps operations and management responsibility from 45-ft to 50-ft.

Press Release, May 23, 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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