WEDA 2018: Best Paper Award for Joe Wagner

Joseph Wagner

WEDA, a non-profit technical association devoted to the exchange of knowledge in fields related to dredging, navigation, marine engineering and construction, recently held the 2018 Conference in Norfolk, Virginia.

For over five years, DSC Dredge LLC has sponsored the Western Dredging Association (WEDA) Best Paper Award at its annual Dredging Summit & Expo.

Always with the theme “Why Dredging is Good” and a $1,000 award, the selection committee named Joe Wagner the 2018 winner at this year’s Dredging Summit & Expo. Joseph Wagner is a Senior Dredging Engineer with Amec Foster Wheeler in Jacksonville, Florida.

Entitled “Save Our Lagoon Project Plan Funded Muck Removal, Brevard County, Florida,” Wagner outlined details of how dredging was deemed the proper solution to meet water quality targets and improve aesthetic appeal, health, productivity and economic value of the Indian River Lagoon.

In the paper’s introduction, Wagner writes that “The Indian River Lagoon (IRL) is among the most biologically diverse estuaries in North America. While the IRL’s environmental importance is apparent, the IRL is also a vibrant economic engine, generating more than $7.6 billion per year to the state of Florida, much of that within Brevard County.”

After 50 years of muck build-up in the Indian River Lagoon, sales tax revenues were dedicated to sediment removal through dredging. Recent results from an environmental restoration dredging effort seem to validate dredging to remove undesirable sediments is the primary component of the overall restoration plan.

 

 

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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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