EA Draft Completed for Beneficial Use of Dredged Material

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Philadelphia District, has completed a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for Channel Maintenance and Beneficial Use of Dredged Material Projects, New Jersey Intracoastal Waterway Ocean and Cape May Counties, New Jersey.

The EA evaluates existing environmental, cultural, and socio-economic conditions at the proposed project sites (Mordecai Island, Avalon and Stone Harbor), and the effects of the projects on existing resources in the immediate and surrounding areas.

The projects are being developed with the assistance of the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife (NJDFW) and the Nature Conservancy. The marsh restoration sites for Avalon and Stone Harbor are on land owned by the NJDFW.

The New Jersey Intracoastal Waterway (NJIWW) provides a safe, reliable, and operational navigation channel for the East Coast’s largest and fifth most valuable commercial fishing fleet in the U.S. (Cape May/Wildwood) and nine U.S. Coast Guard Stations including the Cape May training base. Funding for maintenance of the NJIWW has been limited in recent years.

However, as a result of Hurricane Sandy impacts, funding to dredge critical shoals in the NJIWW was made available under P L. 113-2: Disaster Relief Appropriations Act (FY 2013) – Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Emergency Supplemental. A lease-of-plant maintenance dredging contract was awarded to Barnegat Bay Dredging Company to address impacted areas in the waterway and work to restore the channel in sections identified as having critical shoals.

Critical shoals have been identified in the vicinity of Mordecai Island, located in Ocean County, NJ, and Avalon and Stone Harbor in Cape May County, NJ.

Beneficial use of the NJIWW material to prevent further loss of eroding habitats is an optimum regional sediment management solution for the issues in the NJIWW.

Press Release, July 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.

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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