VIDEO: Senator Murkowski Highlights Seriousness of Coastal Erosion

Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski has called for an urgent focus on assistance for Alaskan communities facing coastal erosion.

Earlier this week, during an Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee hearing examining the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ budget request for Fiscal Year 2019, Senator Murkowski cited threats to the northern community of Utqiaġvik, facing serious winter storms, receding sea ice, and greater coastal erosion.

You’ve got a utility corridor that is in danger of washing away due to the beach erosion. We also have an old land fill that’s about 100 feet from the water. This land fill is maxed out but you also have some military waste out there from cleanup projects that have gone on. Tens of thousands of drums of waste. A slow moving disaster is the way that I have described the erosion threat that we are seeing,” Senator Murkowski said.

“So here you have the most significant community in the North Slope with the potential to lose their utilities, but also from an environmental perspective, a real threat, so the question that they have asked me to ask you is, how quickly are we moving in providing any level of assistance — not only to protect the utility corridor but to deal with the potential for this environmental issue?”

Senator Murkowski also stressed the urgency for the Army Corps and the Assistant Secretary for Civil Works to provide assistance not only to protect the utility corridor and address the potential environmental issues, but called for a broader discussion to ensure there is a plan going forward.

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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.

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To learn more about event, please, contact the organizing committee: snitko@portnews.ru

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