EFRA Committee Visits Somerset

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee last Thursday, May 12th 2016, visited the Somerset Levels to discuss dredging and efforts to increase Somerset’s resilience against flood waters.

During the visit, the Committee meet the Environment Agency and local partners in Taunton to find out what has been done to better prepare Somerset for future severe weather and to minimize flood risk.

MPs then visit areas around the Levels to see Environment Agency and Internal Drainage Board channel maintenance and land management work on the ground.

In 2014, as part of Somerset’s 20 Year Flood Action Plan, the Environment Agency dredged 8km of the Rivers Parrett and Tone.

The EA is now dredging another section of the River Parrett on behalf of the Somerset Rivers Authority (SRA). This new dredging covers around 750m of the Northmoor Pumping Station towards Bridgwater.

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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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