District Announces $7.5 Million for Humboldt Bay Dredging

The Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District announced Wednesday that help is coming in response to unusually heavy winter shoaling that has nearly closed the entrance and channels of Humboldt Bay.

Humboldt Bay Harbor District Commission President, Patrick Higgins, said that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has allocated $7.5 million for Humboldt Bay dredging.

This represents an additional $5 million over the amount budgeted for annual dredging, the Corps’ Peter Mull told District officials Wednesday.

“The cavalry is on their way,” said Mull, responding to “the deterioration of conditions at the mouth of the harbor.”

The extra funding comes at the urging of 2nd District Congressman Jared Huffman, in response to the extreme danger to Humboldt Bay shipping and navigation, including potential loss of life, posed by heavy silting at the entrance to the Bay.

“We have been working closely with Congressman Huffman and the Army Corps of Engineers to respond as quickly as conditions will permit to reopen the Bay entrance,” Higgins said. “We are very grateful to our friends at the Corps for this additional funding to respond to extraordinary shoaling this year.”

Essayons will begin dredging around May 10 for 25 days, with a second dredge, Bayport, arriving in June to supplement Essayons’ work on the bar and interior channels.

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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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