Sandy Point Contract Awarded

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District, has awarded a $577,000 contract to Western Contracting of Sioux City, Iowa, for adaptive management at the Sandy Point Bend chute complex in Harrison County, Iowa.

Work will begin this month with completion expected by the end of December 2015.

The chutes at Sandy Point Bend were originally constructed in 2012 and these modifications will be made to maximize the benefits of the chute to fish and wildlife while avoiding adverse impacts to any of the other authorized purposes of the Missouri River.

Upcoming construction work will include:

  • constructing stone sills across the inlets of the three existing auxiliary chute entrances (tie channels) to prevent the tie channels from flowing during low flows;
  • modifying existing control structures at the two main chute inlets to allow all life stages of fish (particularly larvae and young-of-year fish) the ability to access the complex;
  • modifying control structures downstream of the inlets to control the amount of flow entering the chutes.

These adaptive management activities will be conducted as part of the Corps’ Missouri River Recovery Program, which helps to fulfill the requirements of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2003 Amended Biological Opinion for the Operation of the Missouri River Main Stem Reservoir System, Operation and Maintenance of the Missouri River Bank Stabilization and Navigation Project, and Operation of the Kansas River Reservoir System.

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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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