Climate Adaptation Leadership Award for Prime Hook

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The Tidal Marsh and Barrier Beach Restoration Project at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge, located east of Milton, Delaware, is the recipient of a 2019 Climate Adaptation Leadership Award for Natural Resources in the “Federal Government” category. 

The award was established in 2016 to recognize outstanding and innovative projects “that are advancing the resilience of our nation’s valuable fish, wildlife, and plant resources in a changing climate.” The Prime Hook project is acknowledged for its “exemplary leadership in reducing climate-related threats and promoting adaptation.”

The award was presented on September 23 at the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) Annual Meeting in St. Paul, Minn.

The project relied on hydrodynamic modeling to guide restoration planning.

The team dredged more than 20 miles of tidal channels, mostly following historic drainage patterns. The dredged material was sprayed onto the adjacent area, providing on-site disposal and giving marsh elevation a boost in those areas.

Nearly 60 acres in the back barrier were planted with marsh grass plugs.

In addition, seeds collected through the Seeds of Success program, representing a mix of 17 species suited to varying conditions, were spread from an airplane onto large portions of the mudflats in the marsh interior to give revegetation a boost.

State and academic partners helped provide data collection on everything from vegetation and birds to marsh elevation, sediment concentration in water and nutrients.

Prime Hook restoration project partners include the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Delaware Department of Natural Resources, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Geological Survey, University of Delaware and Delaware Department of Transportation.

 

 

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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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