LDWF, CPRA and DNR Visit Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge

Coastal restoration in southwest Louisiana and the importance of Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge in the process were the primary topics as the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, the Coastal Protection Restoration Authority, the Department of Natural Resources and the Chenier Plain Authority met August 4 at the refuge.

Scooter Trosclair, program manager at Rockefeller Refuge, explained to the assembled groups why the refuge is such a crucial component to the hydrology of the Mermentau Basin in southwest Louisiana.

The meeting was coordinated by Trosclair and Cameron Parish Administrator Ryan Bourriaque.

“What you’ll see here are the same coastal issues that are occurring in all of southwest Louisiana,’’ Trosclair said.

“The ways we are trying to learn how to fix problems here could help Cameron, Calcasieu and Vermilion parishes. The solutions we try to discover at Rockefeller not only help the sub-Mermentau Basin but are just as important to our neighbors all the way up to I-10.’’

In addition to discussing hydrological issues facing the Mermentau Basin, the group visited several projects at the refuge, including the new LSU-Tom Hess Water Control Structure, which fuses gravity drainage, estuary management and recreational fishing piers into one structure.

The group also visited the site of the upcoming ME-18 Shoreline Protection project. This project will build segmented breakwaters, or rock walls, 75 yards off the coastline in order to slow the rate of erosion and begin building land outward toward the gulf.

This project will begin next spring, running from Joseph Harbor west for 3-4 miles.

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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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