Delaware River Watershed Act Introduced

Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.) and six of his Senate colleagues yesterday introduced the Delaware River Basin Conservation Act of 2015 to restore and preserve the Delaware River watershed.

The legislation, co-sponsored by Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.), Cory Booker and Robert Menendez (both D-N.J.), Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand (both D-N.Y.), and Robert Casey (D-Penn.), will strengthen the watershed’s environmental health as well as the region’s economy.

The Delaware River is directly responsible for an estimated $25 billion in annual economic activity, and supports approximately 600,000 jobs with $10 billion in annual wages.

Unlike the Chesapeake Bay and Long Island Sound, the Delaware River does not currently have a federal program dedicated to its conservation and livelihood.

The Delaware River Basin Conservation Act of 2015 would establish a Delaware River Basin Restoration Program in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The program will coordinate with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service director to identify and implement restoration and protection efforts across the river basin.

The legislation requires consultation with federal and state agencies, regional partnerships, local governments, and other organizations that would ensure the program’s strategy is science-based, cost-effective and that it facilitates measurable outcomes.

Additionally, the bill would create a competitive and voluntary $5 million annual grant program to fund on-the-ground watershed restoration projects, with a maximum federal share of 50 percent.

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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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