Oregon Members Fight for Ports Dredging

Members of the Oregon Congressional Delegation sent a letter yesterday to Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy encouraging the Obama Administration to use a portion of the federal funds allocated for dredging at Oregon’s ports.

Representatives Peter DeFazio, Earl Blumenauer, Kurt Schrader and Suzanne Bonamici, along with Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, urged the Administration to make these investments to keep the ports open and safe, and to ensure Oregon’s coastal communities are able to thrive.

Safe, navigable Oregon ports enhance regional and local economic development and support local job growth. In fact, one out of every six Oregon jobs is directly or indirectly tied to cargo, recreation, industrial, commercial or other activities at Oregon’s ports. These jobs contribute over $4.5 billion in wages to the state’s economy thereby helping thousands of working Oregon families maintain a good quality of life,” the members wrote.

In 2014, Congress allocated $329.5 million to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for Operations and Maintenance activities at Corps-authorized projects – including $42.5 million for small ports. In the letter, they ask the Administration to use a portion of this funding to ensure that Oregon’s coastal ports receive the dredging dollars they need.

 

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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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