$50M for Coastal Resilience Grants

Municipalities, counties and local government agencies may now apply for grants for projects that improve storm resiliency as part of $50 million in federal funding now available through the Department of Environmental Protection, the Christie Administration announced.

The state is making U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding available for projects that reduce local flood risks and enhance resiliency. The funding comes from HUD’s second round of Superstorm Sandy aid for New Jersey, released earlier this year to help the state meet a broad range of post-storm needs.

This initiative will focus on critical risk reduction initiatives, which include, among other things, addressing flood risks posed by coastal lakes and inland waterways, enhancing storm water management systems, and incorporating both man-made flood barriers and nature-based solutions, such as restoration of wetlands and creation of living shorelines, where appropriate.

The Flood Hazard Risk Reduction Measures Grant Program is part of the Christie Administration’s ongoing commitment to making New Jersey more resilient in the face of future storms,” DEP Commissioner Bob Martin said. “These competitive grants provide an excellent opportunity for municipal governments, county governments, improvement authorities and other local agencies to move forward with shovel-ready projects that will provide direct protection to communities and neighborhoods.”

Projects must be in the counties most impacted by Superstorm Sandy, as determined by the federal government, including Atlantic, Bergen, Cape May, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, and Union.

The DEP will host an information session on the CDBG Flood Risk Reduction Grant Program on Friday Nov. 14 from 2p.m. to 4 p.m. at its headquarters Public Hearing Room, 401 E. State Street, Trenton. The deadline for submissions of project applications is December 15. The DEP expects to announce grant awards around the middle of January.

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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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