2015 – 2025 SF Bay Maintenance Dredging Report

A draft of the Environmental Assessment/Environmental Impact Report for maintenance dredging of the Federal Navigation Channels in San Francisco Bay is now available for review

The Draft EA/EIR was prepared by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board (Regional Water Board) to address the potential environmental effects of the maintenance dredging of federal navigation channels in San Francisco Bay and the associated placement of dredged materials from 2015 to 2024.

The report also evaluates in detail the potential environmental impacts of four alternatives: the No Action/No Project Alternative, the Proposed Action/Project, and two reduced hopper dredge use alternatives.

In the draft, the USACE, San Francisco District, proposes to continue operations and maintenance dredging of the federal navigation channels in San Francisco Bay, California, for a period of 10 years (2015 through 2024).

The navigation channels and associated placement sites, located  in the San Francisco Bay Long‐Term Management Strategy (LTMS) program area (including Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa,  Sacramento, San Joaquin, Santa Clara, San Francisco, San Mateo, Solano, and  Sonoma), would be dredged annually using a hopper dredge. In instances where a hopper dredge is not available, a mechanical dredge may be used for these channels.

A 45-day period is established for comments from December 5, 2014 to January 20, 2015. A public meeting will be held in Oakland, California, on January 7, 2015, at 4:00 p.m. to receive comments on the Draft EA/EIR.

The Regional Water Board anticipates a hearing regarding the 401 water quality certification and Final EIR in April 2015, subject to change depending on the comments received.

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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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