New Resolution for Dredging Projects in Great Lakes

By action of the eight Great Lakes states at the Great Lakes Commission’s Annual Meeting, held on Sept. 30 in Buffalo, N.Y., the “Flexibility in the federal standard for navigation dredging projects in the Great Lakes basin” resolution has been adopted.

At the meeting attendees agreed that dredging is vital to ensure safe navigation for shippers engaged in maritime commerce and recreational boaters who utilize ports, harbors and shipping channels in the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River

The resolution encourages state and local governments to expand the demand for the beneficial use of dredged material to make such uses viable solutions and encourages the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to consider the benefits of reusing clean sediment.

According to the resolution, USACE can select a disposal or placement method that is not the federal standard in order to achieve environmental benefits only with specific congressional appropriation, at a 75 percent federal cost share with the states.

USACE should also provide greater latitude and flexibility in interpreting and applying this federal standard in order to fully consider the social, economic and environmental benefits of reusing clean sediment, the added benefits of removing sediments and nutrients from the aquatic ecosystem, and utilizing beneficial use opportunities to reduce open water placement of dredge material, where appropriate.

October 3, 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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