USA: Senator Franken Backs Up Dredging Projects

U.S. Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.) said Minnesota waterways and shipping infrastructure will get much-needed upgrades under the bipartisan Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA), which passed the Senate recently and now heads to the President Obama’s desk to be signed into law.

The measure includes many bipartisan provisions Franken fought for, including increasing dredging on the Great Lakes’ harbors and shipping lanes, improving shipping infrastructure along the rivers, flood protection projects for Fargo-Moorhead and Roseau, and keeping invasive carp out of Minnesota’s waterways.

“Waterways are critical to Minnesota’s economic growth, and investing in our infrastructure will create jobs, help critical industries remain competitive, and provide protection from devastating natural disasters,” said Franken.

“I fought for provisions to improve shipping infrastructure in the Great Lakes and Mississippi River, protect the upper Mississippi from invasive carp, and help Minnesotans who are impacted yearly by flooding. Once this bill is signed into law, it will allow Minnesota to make critical improvements to our waterways, which will encourage growth in mining, agriculture, manufacturing, and construction.”

Press Release, May 27, 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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