Sabin Dam Removal Contract Awarded

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, has awarded an almost $3.8 million contract to Job Site Services, Inc. of Bay City, Michigan for removal of the Sabin Dam and associated restoration of the Boardman River, located in Traverse City, Michigan.

According to the Corps, along with other completed and planned restoration initiatives on the Boardman River, removal of Sabin Dam will assist in restoring fish passage and providing aquatic connectivity to Grand Traverse Bay of Lake Michigan, while also restoring wetlands and establishing native plant communities.

The work to be completed consists of three major components:

  • Breaching and removal of the Sabin Dam, including its earthen embankment and dewatering of Sabin Pond;
  • Demolition and removal of the Sabin Dam powerhouse, intake works and existing spillway/gate;
  • Restoration of the Boardman River from 3,500 feet upstream to 500 feet downstream of Sabin Dam.

The project will allow movement of wood and sediment through the river system, eliminate thermal disruption, and restore the natural balance between coldwater and coolwater species.

This partnership with the Grand Traverse Band and the collaboration with several other federal, state and local stakeholders will help restore the Boardman River to its historic pre-dam conditions and result in significant ecological benefit throughout the watershed.” said Carl Platz, USACE Great Lakes Program Manager.

The contractor will begin work this summer with a majority of the work expected to be complete by the end of the calendar year 2018.

In addition to USACE and the GTB, this restoration project meets the goals of a wide array of project partners including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Great Lakes Fishery Trust, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Grand Traverse County, City of Traverse City, Grand Traverse Conservation District, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Great Lakes Fishery Commission, Michigan Hydro Relicensing Coalition, and the Conservation Resource Alliance.

 

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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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