MDEQ: Menominee Restoration Program Achieves Two Recovery Goals

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) Office of the Great Lakes yesterday announced two major advances in the recovery of the Lower Menominee River Area of Concern (AOC).

Restrictions on dredging and impairments to aquatic life in the riverbed are no longer considered problems due to successful restoration activities, MDEQ said.

The AOC program in the Michigan Office of the Great Lakes coordinated efforts with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) Office of the Great Lakes to restore the river and remove the Restrictions on Dredging Activities and Degradation of Benthos BUIs.

The state agencies provided technical assistance, tracking and a portion of funding through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency agreed with MDEQ and WDNR recommendations to declare the impairments restored based on a review of environmental data.

This achievement brings Michigan its 43rd and 44th BUI removals from an original 111, resulting in a 40 percent restoration total, MDEQ said.

 

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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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