WRDA Supports Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

Congressman Brian Higgins has announced that the approval of H.R. 5303, the Water Resources Development Act, which authorizes the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), will provide $300 million in funding for Great Lakes projects.

Cleanup of the Great Lakes is providing long-term environmental benefits and immediate economic returns,” said Congressman Higgins. Continued funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is critical to keeping momentum going in Western New York and throughout the region sharing the largest supply of fresh water in the world.

The Senate previously approved the Water Resources Development act but GLRI authorization was not included in the original House of Representatives bill.

An amendment to include the GLRI authorization was presented by Rep. David Joyce with the support of Congressman Higgins and several colleagues on the bipartisan Congressional Great Lakes Task Force. The amendment was also backed by the Great Lakes Commission which estimates that full Great Lakes Restoration implementation will generate $50 billion in long-term economic benefits for the Great Lakes Region.

More than $40 million in federal GLRI funding has supported Western New York projects since 2010. Examples of GLRI funded projects include: habitat restoration at Times Beach in Buffalo, dredging of the Buffalo Harbor, shoreline improvements along the Buffalo River at Riverbend, removal of contaminants from the river, a cleanup of Hoyt Lake in Delaware Park, and green infrastructure investments along Niagara Street.

 

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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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