River Soar Dredging Starts

A £700,000 dredging project aimed at making Leicestershire’s waterways easier for boaters to navigate has started this week.

The project will see a floating digger clearing 12,000 tonnes of mud and silt from the bed of the River Soar, dredging almost nine miles of the river in two phases.

The first phase started this week with the dredger working from Belton Road in Loughborough to Zouch Lock near Hathern – a stretch that is expected to be completed by the end of May.

The second phase of the project will then focus on the river between Junction Lock near Rothley and Lime Kiln Lock to the north of Leicester city center with work expected to be completed by the end of June.

Mark Weatherall, project manager or the Trust, said: “We’ll be dredging something like 12,000 tonnes of mud and silt from the river channel as well as around moorings, bridges and turning points which will make the river a much more attractive prospect for boaters. That can only be a good thing for local businesses and people on the towpath who love to see colorful boats out on the water. And of course there are environmental benefits so this project is a real win-win.

Where suitable, some of the dredged material will be re-used as fertilizer on agricultural land with the remainder being deposited at a landfill site.

 

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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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