New River Inlet Dredging in Need of Funds

This week Congressman Walter B. Jones urged the Obama administration to allocate federal funding for dredging on the New River Inlet.

Rep. Jones’ call comes after Onslow County leaders provided him with new information from Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune stating that the Corps needs New River Inlet dredged to its authorized depth in order to accommodate their operational needs.

In a letter to White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Shaun Donovan and several U.S. Army Corps of Engineers leaders, Congressman Jones pointed out that after the presidents’ budget requests included an average of $663,000 a year for New River Inlet in fiscal years 2000 to 2011, President Obama’s budget requests for the past five years included no money for the project.

Congressman Jones also highlighted the fact that due to the ban on congressional earmarks, neither he or North Carolina’s U.S. senators have any ability to add money to the project through the legislative process. As a result, the funding (or lack thereof) specified for a project in the president’s budget request is, more often than not, the amount that ultimately gets spent on the project in any given year.

With that in mind, Congressman Jones called on administration officials to assure that, in both current and future fiscal years, federal funding will be allocated to New River Inlet at a level sufficient to meet the operational needs of the Marine Corps.

 

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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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