Senator Pushes for Hudson River Projects

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer yesterday stood with local advocates in front of the historic Hudson River waterfront to voice his support for increased, expanded, and improved pedestrian, fishing and boater access to the waterfront communities of the Hudson Valley.

The federal government has historically partnered with local stakeholders to increase water and recreational opportunities, and Schumer said that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) should put their full weight and resources behind new water access improvement projects in Orange County.

Previous plans have successfully identified and mapped prime locations for waterfront access, and new plans offer tangible opportunities to build on historic achievements up and down the Hudson River.

Schumer said that this is just one of many supplementary efforts that could be used to support the creation of increased and improved access points along the Hudson River.

At some parks and points of entry, increased parking would need USACE approval. At others, dredging – approved by both the EPA and USACE – could be needed to increase boater access and drop off points.

Schumer said that locals have already begun developing a plan for improving river access points in the Hudson River Estuary area from the Tappan Zee Bridge to the Federal Dam at Troy, which includes many points in Orange County.

The community planning process, which includes regional meetings, began in January 2015.

During this process, which is expected to last 15 months, participating municipalities will work to identify specific projects to be considered for inclusion in this Hudson River Comprehensive Restoration Plan, of which Schumer is hoping to garner federal support and guidance to aid localities in this effort.

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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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