USACE to Assist City of Rochester in Planning Study

Under the Planning Assistance to States (PAS) program, the city of Rochester has requested planning assistance from the USACE, Buffalo District, to conduct an economic and dredging analysis to help the city determine the benefits associated with making Rochester Harbor a tourist destination for Great Lakes cruise ships.

The PAS program is used to prepare plans to manage water and related land resources.

Under this program, states and nations can benefit from the Corps of Engineers’ technical expertise in conducting studies which include water quality studies, wetland evaluation studies and harbor or port studies.

Recently, the Port of Rochester enlisted the support of the USACE Buffalo District through the PAS program.

The program will provide a comprehensive economic analysis which will determine if there are any regional economic benefits associated with upgrading existing facilities to accept Great Lakes cruise ships.

Further, the study will include an analysis to determine if the Genesee River has adequate draft to accommodate the large cruise ships and determine the necessary infrastructure upgrades that would need to accomplish before the cruise ships could call the Port a destination.

Currently, a Memorandum of Agreement is in route to be signed between the USACE Buffalo District and the city of Rochester. Once signed, this MOA will lead to the development of detailed economic and dredging studies, results of which will provide valuable information to the city.

The cost of the PAS study will be shared 50% federal and 50% non-federal, and once funding is in place, it is anticipated that the study will begin in late spring 2016 and will take approximately six months to complete.

 

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2019 Western Dredging Association Gulf Coast Chapter Annual Meeting

The meeting will provide a forum for the exchange of information of interest to the dredging industry and its associates.

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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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