Courtney, Reed Back Up Eastern Long Island Sound Dredging Site

Congressman Joe Courtney and Senator Jack Reed yesterday sent a letter signed by the entire Congressional delegations from Connecticut and Rhode Island to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to express their continued support for the Eastern Long Island Sound Dredged Material Disposal Site (ELDS).

While the ELDS is already open since the final designation for the site was made in December 2016, a recent lawsuit filed by the State of New York in federal court has prompted the Connecticut and Rhode Island delegations to reiterate how important the dredging disposal site is for the local economies and for national security.

Courtney and Reed were joined by Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), and Representatives Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), John Larson (CT-1), Jim Langevin (RI-2), Jim Himes (CT-04), David Cicilline (RI-1), and Elizabeth Esty (CT-5).

“We have long agreed with the goal of the EPA throughout the DMMP process to balance environmental stewardship with standard economic activity in Long Island Sound,” wrote the members. “Our states have been responsibly dredging using open-water placement for 35 years, and we believe maintaining the EPA designation of the ELDS, along with an increased effort among the states to find sustainable on-land solutions for dredged materials, will continue to provide the Long Island Sound region with a balanced approach for future waterway projects.”

The members continued: “The final approval of the ELDS by the EPA filled a critical need in supporting navigation-dependent industries that border and traverse eastern Long Island Sound. The economic vitality of the Long Island Sound is closely connected to the shipping, recreational fishing and boating, ferry transportation and military operations that occur in these waters – all of which would be deeply harmed without access to the ELDS.  We must continue to embrace our maritime heritage and protect this balanced, sustainable final rule designating the ELDS to maintain our dredging needs.”

This is the third letter the Connecticut and Rhode Island congressional delegation have sent to EPA regarding the ELDS. The previous two letters were sent in July and October of 2016.

 

 

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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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