Categories for Project Updates & Industry Developments

Aurora looks at Mastodon Lake improvement project

IL , United States

An Aurora City Council committee this week recommended work that would help drainage and water quality and ease flooding at Mastodon Lake on the East Side. The work also would allow about 100 properties — some residential and some business — to be taken out of the lake’s floodplain, meaning they would no longer have… Read More

Threats and Bogus Claims Delay Saving Flagler’s Beach

FL , United States

In another big step in the the plan to rebuild dunes along Flagler’s 18 miles of shore, the county secured a $3.8 million state grant to build the segment that parallels Gamble Rogers State Recreation Area at the south end of Flagler Beach, extending the planned 2.6 miles of dune reconstruction by the U.S. Army… Read More

Jacksonville Adopts Derelict Vessel Ordinance

FL , United States

Another coastal town is taking steps to clean up abandoned and derelict vessels, or ADVs, in its waterways. Last month, the Jacksonville City Council approved an ordinance to tackle the more than a dozen ADVs that are a threat to navigation, a possible source of pollution in the New River and a potential hazard during… Read More

Florida Receives Environmental Restoration Funds

CA , United States

On Oct. 28, $302 million was given to Gulf Coast states to be used for environmental restoration projects following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Florida received $73 million of these funds. In April 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig owned by BP Exploration & Production exploded and sank in the Gulf of Mexico. Four… Read More

Dredging project replenishing beaches in Ventura County

CA , United States

VENTURA COUNTY, Calif. – Sailors, fishermen and other boaters are learning to navigate around a major dredging project in the Channel Islands Harbor. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers started the project last month. Without weather or other delays it is scheduled to be completed in February. The goal is to remove sand that has… Read More

Closing the CEMEX plant: The sands will be shifting

CA , United States

MARINA — The sands are shifting on Marina and nearby beaches as the country’s last coastal sand mine nears shut down in Marina. On Dec. 31, the CEMEX Lapis sand plant in Marina will permanently close, ending over 100 years of sand mining. Many scientists believe the closure of the sand plant off of Lapis… Read More

Journey to Improve Water Quality in Powers Lake

ND , United States

By Laura M. Fleming, President and CFO of SRS Crisafulli, Inc. Outbreaks of blue-green algae in a 1,616-acre natural lake, created an emergent call to action in the 1990’s from the community of Powers Lake, North Dakota. Due to blue-green algae blooms, the recreational value of Powers Lake plummeted and few people gathered or recreated… Read More

MDNR: High water levels force continued dredging at Grand Traverse Harbor

MI , United States

KEWEENAW COUNTY — Heavy equipment operators began work recently to dredge stamp sands north of Grand Traverse Harbor in Keweenaw County. Roughly 100 years ago, historic copper mine tailings from the Wolverine and Mohawk mines – called stamp sands – were deposited at a milling site along Lake Superior, located in the community of Gay… Read More

America needs a fair and forward-thinking water bill

United States

In the aftermath of a bitterly contested election, House and Senate negotiators are finalizing the details of the Water Resources Development Act with an eye towards passage in the lame duck. If they incorporate the best of each chamber’s proposals, the final would do much to mitigate the risks of a warming world while addressing… Read More

HRBT expansion project in Virginia, US begins

VA , United States

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has broken ground on the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT) Expansion Project. Virginia crews will use a highly-specialized tunnel boring machine to dig through soil and construct tunnel segments simultaneously. The advanced technology is used in the construction of highly complex projects such as Manhattan’s Second Avenue Subway. The US… Read More

Halter Marine unveils PythonX plasma cutter

MS , United States

Preparing for construction of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Polar Security Cutter, Pascagoula, Miss. shipbuilder Halter Marine is acquiring new technologies that include robotic welding machines and a Lincoln Electric PythonX plasma cutter. Unveiled at a recent ceremony, the PythonX will replace the traditional hand-cut method of cutting steel. Now, those parts will be cut via… Read More

Green Group to Sue Corps, Feds Over Columbia River Decision

United States

A group representing environmental lawyers has filed notice of intent to sue the federal government, including the Corps of Engineers, over its decision not to dismantle locks and dams on the Columbia River. Earthjustice, which calls itself “the premier nonprofit public interest environmental law organization,” sent the 60-day notice of intent to sue to eight… Read More

Hudson River dredging off Poughkeepsie resumes

NY , United States

POUGHKEEPSIE – Almost one year after Central Hudson began a dredging project without the required New York State Department of Environmental Conservation plans in place, the project has returned to the Hudson River off Poughkeepsie. The dredging project extends from Waryas Park to the northern end of the former Dutton Lumber Yard, now an apartment… Read More

Army Corps of Engineers Releases Draft Feasibility Report for New York & New Jersey Harbor Deepening and Channel Improvements

NY , United States

New York — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, (USACE) New York District has prepared an Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Assessment (IFR/EA) that evaluates a range of nonstructural and structural measures with the potential to improve navigation efficiencies within the New York and New Jersey Harbor. Currently, existing federal channels are constrained given the… Read More

US Army Corp of Engineers removes sand from Sandy Hook channel

NJ , United States

The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers is working to remove sand from the Sandy Hook channel before it threatens to clog the area used for shipping. Earlier this month, contractors for the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers were at Monmouth Beach pumping massive piles of sand onto the shore from a spot off Sea Bright,… Read More