VIDEO: Senator Udall Pushes for Columbus Port of Entry Project

U.S. Senator Tom Udall yesterday pressed Lt. Gen. Todd T. Semonite, chief of engineers and commanding general of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, to commit to ensuring that the necessary infrastructure is in place to protect the Columbus Port of Entry from reoccurring flooding.

Earlier this year, Udall joined a groundbreaking ceremony for an $86 million expansion of the Port of Entry Complex.

Diversion berms to protect the port from flooding was the Albuquerque District office’s top priority for the Army Corps’ Fiscal Year 2017 work plan, but the project is still waiting on funding.

“The federal government is investing $86 million to modernize this facility to make sure Customs and Border Protection has the necessary facilities to fulfill its mission of keeping America’s borders safe and secure — while facilitating significant increases in the number of daily crossings, due to increased commercial and agricultural trade and private vehicle and pedestrian traffic,” Udall said.

“Unfortunately, the Columbus Port of Entry has been subject to reoccurring flooding over the years. In order to sufficiently protect the port of entry, we need to build diversion berms. … yet the project did not receive any funding to build the berms.”

Semonite committed to work with Udall to find an answer for why funding has yet to be allocated.

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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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