Efforts to Improve Mississippi River Water Quality Pay Off

Long-term monitoring by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources shows that the efforts to improve Mississippi River water quality appear to be paying off with the return of several important fish and aquatic plant species to at least one major pool.

The latest results come as the Upper Mississippi River Restoration Program celebrates 30 years of large river ecosystem restoration, intensive monitoring and research on the Upper Mississippi.

Program leaders, partners and stakeholders will gather from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Riverside Park in La Crosse on August 8 to mark the multi-state achievements, including the rehabilitation of more than 100,000 acres of important fish and wildlife habitat.

Wisconsin DNR’s role has involved support for more than 19 major construction projects including work on the Capoli Slough, a cooperative project involving DNR, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

The project protected 10 existing islands and constructed nine new islands totaling 49 acres, compared to the 74 acres of islands present shortly after inundation by Lock and Dam 9 in 1940.

As part of the work, backwater dredging increased water depths for fisheries.

A similar, multistate effort is now underway in Harper’s Slough involving Wisconsin DNR, Iowa DNR and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers using $16.5 million in federal funds.

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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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