Whitehouse Highlights $30M in New Funding for Coastal Improvements

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse

Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse yesterday joined with area small business owners and local officials in the flood-prone Island Park neighborhood of Portsmouth to highlight the newly funded National Oceans and Coastal Security Fund, which can help coastal businesses weather rising seas and worsening storms. 

Congress approved $30 million in funding for the National Oceans and Coastal Security Fund, which will be awarded through a nationwide competitive grant process, in the omnibus spending bill signed into law in late March.

While proximity to the beautiful Sakonnet River is the main attraction drawing new businesses to Island Park, increasingly frequent flooding presents an obstacle for these businesses to thrive over the long term,” said Whitehouse. 

“I developed the National Oceans and Coastal Security Fund with communities like this in mind. This new federal investment presents a real opportunity to protect Rhode Island businesses and homes from rising seas.”

Whitehouse authored legislation creating the National Oceans and Coastal Security Fund to provide a dedicated resource for hardening coastal infrastructure, building community resiliency, investing in restoration, and supporting ocean and coastal research.

Eligible applicants for grant funding include local governments, states, universities, NGOs, and public-private partnerships.

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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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