Senator Portman, Colonel Czekanski Discuss Cleveland Port Dredging

U.S. Senator Rob Portman, who serves as co-chair of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, yesterday met with the USACE Lieutenant Colonel Adam Czekanski, 73rd commander of the Buffalo District, to discuss continued efforts to dredge the Port of Cleveland.

“We’ve made good progress in our efforts to protect Lake Erie over the past several years, but there is much more work to be done. A key component of that effort is to ensure that the Army Corps of Engineers dredges the Port of Cleveland and disposes of the dredged material in a responsible way,” said Senator Portman after the meeting.

“I told Lieutenant Colonel Czekanski that while I’m pleased they began the dredging last fall they must continue to ensure that the harbor is dredged as necessary for safe and efficient ship passage.

“I also made clear that the Corps’ must continue to cooperate with the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations regarding the current investigation, including a review of the Corps’ responses to my requests for documents and information.

“Our investigation into reports that the Corps cut its own budget as an excuse to dump contaminated sediment from the Port of Cleveland into Lake Erie is ongoing, and we will continue to review the Corps’ actions in this matter.”

Additionally, Senator Portman has worked with U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown and Rep. Bob Latta to push the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to complete a flood risk management plan to prevent flooding from the Blanchard River.

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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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