Corps Issues Emergency Permit for Delta Barrier

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District issued a permit through emergency procedures May 4 allowing the California Department of Water Resources to begin construction of a drought barrier at West False River in the California Delta.

DWR applied to the Corps for the expedited permit review for the work that seeks to stem salinity intrusion into the Delta resulting from California’s extended drought. The 800-foot wide barrier will be composed of sheet pile and rock.

The Corps issued the permit after coordinating with Endangered Species Act agencies and issuance of water quality certification by the California State Water Quality Control Board. The Corps will conduct after-the-fact formal consultation with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service for several endangered fish species.

“The Corps recognizes the exigent circumstances that have arisen after four years of drought and the potential impact it could have on water quality in the Delta,” said Michael Jewell, Sacramento District regulatory chief.The decision to issue this permit was made after considering endangered species, boating and other public interests.

DWR plans to begin installation of the barrier today. The permit requires DWR to remove the barrier by November 15, 2015.

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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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