Water Development Bill Passed

The United States Congress last week passed the Fiscal Year 2016 Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill.

The bill, which passed 240 to 177, would provide $35.4 billion in FY16 spending – $29 billion for the Department of Energy and $5.6 billion for the Army Corps of Engineers.

The Energy and Waters Appropriations Act provides critical infrastructure funding for our nation’s many projects and programs, including our energy grid, waterways, and infrastructure projects,” Congressman Don Young said. “This legislation represents much needed funding for continued operations and maintenance of our harbors and ports, many of which require constant dredging.”

The bill also works to significantly reduce executive overreach by barring the Army Corps of Engineers from implementing its proposal to redefine the term “navigable waters” for the purpose of expanding which bodies of water are subject to Clean Water Act permit requirements.

The bill would also bar funds from being used to:

  • Implement two of the National Ocean Policy’s most concerning components: Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning and Ecosystem-Based Management,
  • Enforce a ban on firearms on Corps land, as long as the possession of the firearm is in compliance with state law,
  • Modify the definition of “fill material” or actions constituting the “discharge of fill material.” This is an effort to ensure the definition is not changed to include “mine waste.”

 

 

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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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