Bipartisan Estuaries Legislation Signed Into Law

U.S. Senator David Vitter announced yesterday that his bipartisan legislation reauthorizing the National Estuary Program (NEP) for the first time since 2010 has been signed into law.

Vitter’s bill will provide critical funding for the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP), which spans 4.2 million acres of wetlands in Louisiana and includes many of the state’s most diverse plants, animals and ecosystems.

“Home to thousands of unique plants and animals, Louisiana’s estuaries are essential to better protecting our coastal communities from natural disasters, and now that my bill is law, Louisiana can finally move forward in improving its estuary program,” said Vitter.

“This is a big win and will certainly go a long way toward revitalizing the Barataria-Terrebonne NEP, ensuring our wetlands and diverse ecosystems will be around for decades to come.”

In 2015, Vitter and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse coauthored the reauthorization legislation to continue protecting and restoring critical estuaries.

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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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