DCA Welcomes Trump’s Signing of the Water Bill

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President Donald Trump last Friday, September 21, signed into law the Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, a three-part package called a “minibus” at a signing ceremony at VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The legislation accounts for dredging activities in harbors and channels, important infrastructure projects and beach and coastal restoration.

The $147 billion package includes a 2.4% increase in military construction spending and an 11% funding increase for the US Army Corps of Engineers’ Civil Works Program. The U.S. Senate approved the measure 92-5, while the U.S. House passed it 377-20.

The total funding for the Civil Works program is $6.9985 Billion, approximately $2.2 billion above previous levels. In addition, legislative measures include significant increases in funding for construction of shoreline protection, beneficial use of dredge material, national coastal mapping and coastal inlet research.

This is great bipartisan work by Congress and the Administration. We thank President Trump for signing the supporting infrastructure measures into law,” said William P. Doyle, CEO and Executive Director of the Dredging Contractors of America. “It all start with dredging—and America’s going to work building America,” Doyle concluded.

This is the first time in over ten years that the President has signed three spending bills into law before the beginning of the fiscal year. Indeed, the Army Corps will have its budget at the start of the fiscal year (October 1st), instead of waiting for continuing resolutions throughout a budget cycle to keep the agency funded.

 

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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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