IDNR: Investing in Lake Michigan Beaches

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The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Coastal Management Program is accepting pre-applications for grant-funded projects to start in fall 2019.

“We will award grants to projects that protect, preserve, and restore the natural and cultural resources along the Illinois Lake Michigan shoreline,” IDNR stated in their release.

Funding will be available for projects that:

  • improve the health of the coast and Lake Michigan;
  • enhance coastal public access, recreation and coastal-dependent economic development;
  • advance coastal community resilience;
  • create beach management plans.

“Beyond their economic impact and recreational opportunities, beaches provide habitat for sensitive species, serve as a buffer along the shoreline against wind and waves and play a big role in nearshore water quality,” IDNR said in its notice of funding opportunity for the grant program, noting that thousands of visitors enjoy Lake Michigan beaches each year. “We recognize that healthy beaches are essential for a healthy coast.”

Funding awarded as part of the program’s new beach category will help local governments or nonprofits develop ‘sustainable, cost-effective and comprehensive’ beach management plans outlining ‘specific, implementable actions that are customized to local conditions’, according to IDNR.

The pre-application submission deadline is January 18, 2019.

 

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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.

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To learn more about event, please, contact the organizing committee: snitko@portnews.ru

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