New Ranking Member of Water Resources Subcommittee

Rep. Grace F. Napolitano was elected unanimously yesterday to serve as Ranking Member of the Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment.

“We look to continue working on a bipartisan basis to fix our nation’s crumbling water infrastructure and secure a reliable water system for the 21st Century,” Napolitano said. “Which is why it is critical we consider all options when addressing serious threats to the water supply of California and states across the country, such as climate change, increased demand, pollution, and ongoing drought cycles. We must also renew federal commitments to improve our infrastructure-protecting our rivers, lakes, and streams-while providing flood control solutions for our communities.”

With jurisdiction over the EPA Clean Water Act programs, Napolitano will use her new position to encourage EPA and sanitation agencies to find ways to recycle water for irrigation use and groundwater replenishment; and monitor the implementation of a new Clean Water Act Stormwater Permit, ensuring affordability for L.A. County cities and residents.

Ranking Member Napolitano also has oversight of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and will continue her work with the Corps, local flood control districts, and water agencies to capture more water in flood control reservoirs, which is a major issue at Santa Fe Dam in her district and the bordering Whittier Narrows Dam; support both the Los Angeles River Revitalization Plan and improvements to the San Gabriel River with environmental restoration projects and recreational opportunities, such as bikeways, fishing, and swimming areas; and improve legislation to require the Corps to provide more equity to the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in dredging operations.

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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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