BPC Annual Dredging Workshop

The Bay Planning Coalition (BPC) recently held its annual dredging & beneficial reuse workshop, providing latest information on disposal sites in San Francisco Bay as well as an update from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on the status of in-Bay disposal moving into 2018 dredging.

This year’s workshop, which took place November 13, in Oakland, California, covered beneficial reuse opportunities around San Francisco Bay and present insights from agencies and organizations on the permitting process.

The event also provided an update on Measure AA funding, an important measure to raise funds for wetland restoration projects throughout the Bay area.

According to the Corps presentation, the Cullinan Ranch disposal site has a remaining capacity of 2 million cubic yards. USACE also reported that Montezuma Wetlands has received approximately 7.5 million cubic yards of sediment to-date, while the In-Bay disposal site SF-9 may close due to concerns with mounding.

BPC, together with other senior-level staff from experienced organizations and key regulatory agencies, also provided their perspective on important things to keep in mind in getting through the regulatory process and obtaining project approval.

For example: how to consider pre-consultation on project design and CEQA documentation in obtaining a 1600 Agreement or an Incidental Take Permit; taking in consideration that sovereign lands require a lease from the State Lands Commission (SLC) for maintenance dredging; granted lands do not require a lease, BUT applicants must notify SLC in advance with certain project details.

Next to follow was the presentation of Amy Hutzel, Deputy Executive Officer with the State Coastal Conservancy, on the status update on Measure AA, the highly anticipated funding source for restoration projects around San Francisco Bay.

Based on the Baylands and Climate Change: Ecosystem Habitat Goals Science Update in 2015, the goal is to restore 100,000 acres of tidal marsh,” said Amy Hutzel. “Measure AA can fund habitat projects with flood management features and public access or recreation amenities, as well as the beneficial reuse of dredged sediment.

Also discussed during the event were the case studies from other regions, such as Louisiana and its 2017 Coastal Master Plan or Boston and its Climate Ready project, with the strategies that include living shorelines, ecotone creation, and barrier beaches, in addition to marsh restoration.


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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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