DNR Agrees to Pay for Grand Traverse Bay Harbor Dredging

Representative Scott Dianda yesterday announced that the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has agreed to pay for the emergency dredging of Lake Superior’s Grand Traverse Bay Harbor in Schoolcraft Township.

Stamp sand has again nearly completely blocked the harbor and stopped boat traffic, potentially harming the region’s fishing industry.

“Residents can’t afford to lose money on fishing or tourism, so dredging the harbor quickly is the best thing to do for the Keweenaw economy,” said Dianda.

Stamp sand is a continuing problem and state officials and the Army Corps of Engineers are working on a long-term solution.

In 2015, Grand Traverse Bay Harbor was dredged, and 4,500 cubic yards of stamp sand was removed. This year, dredging will take out 9,000 cubic yards of stamp sand. The money to pay for the dredging operation will come from the DNR’s Waterways Fund.

Once the sand is removed, it will be disposed of on a beach area adjacent to state forest land.

 

 

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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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