New Boost for Big Fishweir Creek Project

The Big Fishweir Creek project is moving forward after the City of Jacksonville recently approved funding for the Corps to execute a project partnership agreement and initiate the design and implementation phase of the project.

The Corps will receive approximately $1 million, making way for the project to move towards eventual construction.

“This is a good news story for the Jacksonville community and for residents who have anticipated this project for so long,” said Program Manager Jim Suggs. “We are making progress and are confident we will see the completed project within the next few years.”

Under the tentative schedule, residents could see construction of the project in 2019. It will take up to six months to finalize the report, and at least a year to complete the detailed design of the project.

Due to urbanization, including encroachment along the banks of the creek, sediments transported by storm events have covered the natural creek bottom. This has caused a degradation of the natural habitat of the creek and creek banks.

The project will restore healthy aquatic habitat in the creek by providing ecological benefits including: the removal of sediment, restoration of habitat for manatees and other native species, removal of exotic vegetation, restoration of submerged and emergent aquatic vegetation, and restoration of wetlands.

The most notable benefit of the plan is the restoration of suitable habitat for the federally endangered manatee. Re-establishment of deep stream channels will once again allow manatee access and assist them in migration.

Deepened channels will benefit overall water quality by providing an avenue for tidal flushing needed to stabilize and correct salinity levels.

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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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