Contract Awarded for Menominee River Area

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Buffalo District has awarded a $498,973.45 contract for aquatic and riverbank ecosystem restoration throughout Strawberry, Boom, Blueberry, and Little Blueberry islands within the Menominee River area of concern (AOC) located between Marinette, WI and Menominee, MI.

The work is being conducted through the USACE Detroit District, under the authority of the USACE Engineer and Research Development Center’s Aquatic Plant Control Research Program. The contract has been awarded to Ecology & Environment, Inc. The company is a recognized global leader in environmental management and have supported and completed the design and implementation of aquatic plant control/ecosystem restoration projects in numerous locations around the Great Lakes.

As part of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), the ecosystem restoration project will include planning, designing, and implementing a full-scale project that demonstrate means of removing, adaptively monitoring, and controlling aquatic invasive plants.

Particular focus of control will be for the non-native common buckthorn, glossy buckthorn, and bush honeysuckle. River bank grape, an aggressive native vine, is also being targeted for control as it is affecting the ecological integrity of some of the islands where colonial wading birds are known to nest.

The four island site encompasses approximately 17 acres, of which approximately 10 acres are dominated by invasive plants. General treatment options identified for control include: mechanical removal, chemical treatment, and habitat modification through the restoration of native species.

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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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