Snake River Rehabilitation Scheme Begins

The first step in what could be a major effort to improve water conditions in the Middle Snake River gets underway this week on a pair of small islands downstream from Walter’s Ferry.

Idaho Power’s Bayha Island Research Project is one part of the broader Snake River Stewardship Program, which aims to help the company fulfill state and federal water-quality requirements necessary to get a new long-term license for the Hells Canyon Complex.

The company is working with The Freshwater Trust, a nonprofit organization with offices in Oregon and Idaho, which has extensive experience in river rehabilitation work.

The Bayha Island construction work will be done by Washington-based Goodfellow Brothers, Inc.

Preparation has included surveying the existing wetlands, taking core samples from the river bottom, spraying invasive weeds, installing flow monitors and water-temperature logging equipment, etc.

Rock and gravel dredged from the river will be used as fill material, in addition to material being excavated from the property of a nearby landowner.

The in-river and wetland work is expected to be complete by October 31.

Revegetation, using thousands of native plants, will run from September through October, and again in the spring of 2017.

 

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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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