Hudson River Dredging About to Begin

With April now behind us, only a few days are left before the beginning of what is expected to be the last year of Hudson River Dredging project.

The 2015 season marks the sixth year of remedial dredging where approximately 250,000 cy of PCB-contaminated sediment is targeted for removal.

In 2015, several areas will need to be dredged that are logistically challenging, including shallow areas behind islands, areas near dams, and the “land-locked” section of river located between the Thompson Island Dam and Fort Miller Dam. As in 2014, dredging will also continue in a two-mile section of river near Fort Miller that is inaccessible by boat.

The dredging required by the EPA’s Record of Decision is expected to be completed this year, with habitat reconstruction activities extending into 2016. Once dredging is complete, the processing facility and any associated support properties will be decommissioned in accordance with project requirements.

Background 

In February 2002, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a Record of Decision that calls for dredging of approximately 2.65 million cubic yards of PCB-contaminated sediment from a 40-mile section of the Upper Hudson River between Fort Edward and Troy, New York. The cleanup has occurred in two phases and is being conducted by General Electric Company (GE) with EPA oversight.

Phase 1 occurred in 2009 with the dredging of approximately 283,000 cy of PCB-contaminated sediment from a six-mile stretch of the Upper Hudson River near Fort Edward, New York.

The second and final phase (Phase 2) began in June 2011 and includes the remainder of the targeted contaminated river sediment. To date, approximately 2.5 million cy of PCB contaminated sediment has been dredged.

 

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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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