Managing Virginia’s Coastal Resources

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam

Governor Ralph Northam yesterday announced the Commonwealth of Virginia sought and received authorization from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to continue the Commonwealth’s partnership with the agency through the Virginia Coastal Zone Management (CZM) Program in perpetuity.

Through a “transmittal letter,” Governor Northam replaces the need for Executive Orders that each new governor would have to sign to continue this federal-state partnership.

“I am pleased that we will be able to establish the responsible management of our coastal resources as a permanent fixture of Virginia public policy,” said Governor Northam.

“The Virginia CZM Program has a long list of accomplishments, including restoring eelgrass on the seaside of the Eastern Shore, enhancing oyster populations, improving protection of beaches and dunes, and increasing opportunities for ecotourism,” added Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources, Matthew J. Strickler. 

The program was federally approved in 1986 as part of a national coastal zone management program, a voluntary partnership between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Ocean Service Office for Coastal Management and U.S. coastal states and territories authorized by the federal Coastal Zone Management Act.

To manage Virginia’s coastal resources, the program relies on a network of state agencies and local governments to administer the enforceable laws and regulations that protect the wetlands, dunes, subaqueous lands, fisheries, and air and water quality within the Virginia “Coastal Zone.”

 

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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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