Southeast New England Coastal Watershed Program Launched

U.S. EPA has joined state and local dignitaries formally launching the Southeast New England Coastal Watershed Restoration Program.

The new program will serve as a framework to promote a broad ecosystem approach to protecting and restoring the coastal watersheds of southeast New England (coastal areas from Westerly, R.I. to Chatham, Mass., including all waters of Rhode Island, southern Cape Cod, Narragansett Bay and Buzzards Bay).

The program, consisting of government and non-government organizations, is currently working collaboratively and innovatively to maintain and improve water quality and habitat conditions within these coastal watersheds.

In collaboration with a diverse array of stakeholders, the program will focus on developing and promoting innovations in restoration and protection practices, development of new, more efficient technologies, and application of new policies to these new approaches.

A critical element of this program will be to prepare for climate change impacts and highlight the need to build resilience into all decision-making. Partners include key federal and state resource agencies, local organizations, and the two local National Estuary Programs in Narragansett Bay R.I. and Buzzards Bay Mass.

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, who is the co-chair of the Senate Oceans Caucus and a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee said : “In Rhode Island and Massachusetts we know that protecting the water quality of Narragansett Bay benefits our communities and coastal economy. Nutrient pollution and habitat loss in the watershed put the Bay and our way of life in Southern New England at risk. The projects being funded today will improve water quality in the short term and educate communities about how they can help protect Narragansett Bay as we face the challenges of climate change.

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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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