Ohio EPA Puts Ashtabula River Proposal on the Table

Ohio EPA will hold a public meeting on a proposal to remove a Beneficial Use Impairment from the federally designated Ashtabula River Area of Concern (AOC).

The meeting will be held December 4, 2017, at 6 p.m. at the Harbor-Topky Memorial Library.

Approximately 500,000 cubic yards of contaminated sediments were dredged from the lower 2.5 miles of the river from 2005-2007. In 2010 and 2012, more than 3,800 feet of in-stream habitat was restored.

However, most of the stream banks in this area remain hardened with wood and steel sheet piling to prevent erosion and provide ship docking.

While these structures impact aquatic life, they are used for boat docking at local marinas and cannot be removed. Additionally, the lower reach of the river is influenced by natural low flows and Lake Erie levels, both of which cause excessive sedimentation that affect benthic communities.

Ohio EPA and the Ashtabula AOC Advisory Council are requesting public input on the recommendation. Comments can be presented at the public meeting or submitted in writing by December 18, 2017.

 

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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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