Oregon Lawmakers Strongly Support Flood Study for Portland

Senator Ron Wyden

Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and Representatives Earl Blumenauer, Peter DeFazio, Suzanne Bonamici and Kurt Schrader yesterday strongly urged federal officials to support a flood protection feasibility study for Portland.

The Oregon lawmakers said that their request comes as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has raised concerns about the prospects for a Portland flood.

The lawmakers asked that the Portland Metropolitan Flood Protection Project General Investigations Feasibility Study be included in the Army Corps’ work plan for the 2018 fiscal year.

Their letter notes that the area now protected by the Corps-designed and built 27-mile levee system was the site in 1948 of a catastrophic levee breach that killed 15 people and permanently displaced the entire Vanport community.

Now, an impressive coalition in the nearby community is actively working to ensure that risks are minimized and that history does not repeat itself along the second biggest river in the nation,” they wrote in the letter.

Since the Vanport flood this system has performed well. However, the levees are showing significant signs of structural vulnerabilities during recent high water events including sloughing, boils and seepage.”

 

 

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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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