New York State to Protect Long Island Sound

New York State has formally objected to the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed plan to designate one or more dredged material disposal sites in the Eastern Long Island Sound.

Following an examination of the plan by the state’s Department of State, New York has found that the EPA’s plan is inconsistent with New York State coastal policies. This formal objection is the latest in a long line of efforts to ultimately end the practice of disposing dredged material in Long Island Sound.

The Long Island Sound is a treasured natural resource and a vital component of New York’s economy,” said Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. “We are fully committed to safeguarding this cherished body of water and we will take all necessary steps to protect it for future generations.”

In 2005, New York State called for, and EPA agreed to, establish a goal of reducing or eliminating dredged material disposal in the open waters of the Long Island Sound. The EPA’s plan to allow new dumping sites in eastern Long Island Sound contradicts this agreement.

New York Secretary of State Rossana Rosado said, “The New York Department of State strongly opposes EPA’s decision to dispose of dredged material in Eastern Long Island Sound. As proposed, the federal government’s plan threatens the sustainability and vibrancy of this critical natural resource, and will impede Governor Cuomo’s objective of ending open water dumping in Long Island’s waters.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos said, “Long Island Sound is a vital economic and ecological treasure that deserves the utmost protection, not outdated dredging management decisions that undermine its integrity. Governor Cuomo has once again made it clear that New York State will not stand idly by while the federal government continues to allow open water disposal of dirty dredge spoils throughout this amazing ecosystem.

There are currently two dredged material disposal sites in the Sound, where sediment has been dumped since the 1980s including Western Long Island Sound and Central Long Island Sound.

The EPA designated the Western and Central Long Island Sound as ocean disposal sites for long-term use. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been using the Eastern sites for short term disposal and now EPA is proposing to make these sites long-term permanent sites.

The EPA claims that the Central and Western disposal sites do not have the capacity to accept additional dredged materials and has issued a proposed rule, making the short-term dumping sites in eastern Long Island Sound, which are scheduled to expire on December 23, 2016, permanent.

In response, the New York Department of State and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation have already laid out the state’s concerns regarding the plan and last month, Governor Cuomo sent a letter signed by more than 30 federal, state and local elected officials to President Obama and EPA officials saying that the state will take necessary steps to prevent the EPA from issuing a rule to establish these sites.


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3rd International Congress Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging

Russia’s leading maritime industry Media Group PortNews ( 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:

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