Birmingham Hosts the Board Meeting

The 74th meeting of the Inland Waterways Users Board (the Board) was held on February 25, 2015, in Birmingham, Alabama.

The meeting was chaired by Mr. Martin Hettel of AEP River Operations and was attended by nine of the ten current Board members. The Deputy Commanding General for Civil & Emergency Operations (DCG-CEO) Major General John Peabody presided for the Corps, as the Board’s Executive Director.

A number of items were addressed during the meeting. Mr. McKee provided details of the FY15 Work Plan and the FY16 President’s Budget for Navigation.

The status of the Inland Waterways Trust Fund (IWTF) and Project Updates for Olmsted Locks and Dam (L&D), Lower Monongahela Locks 2-3-4 Replacement, Emsworth L&D, Kentucky Lock, Chickamauga Lock, Lockport major rehabilitation and others were provided, and Mr. David Dale from LRD provided detailed project updates for Olmsted L&D and the Lower Mon 2-3-4 projects.

He also briefly discussed the efficient funding schedules for the Chickamauga and Kentucky projects, as requested by the Board. Ms. Jeanine Hoey presented the current results of the project priorities and scheduling for the IMTS Capital Investment Strategy (CIS), currently re-evaluating the 2010 Capital Projects Business Model (CPBM) report results.

Lastly, the preparation and distribution of the Board’s Annual Report for 2014 was provided.

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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.

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