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Congress approves major boost in Great Lakes funding

United States

Ten months after being approved in U.S. House with heavy bipartisan support, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Act has passed the Senate and is headed for President Donald Trump’s desk. The bipartisan bill would reauthorize the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative — set to expire at the end of FY 2021 — for another five years,… Read More

Commissioners: Bob Hall Pier Will Be Demolished, Rebuilt

TX, United States

Padre Island’s shoreline will never look the same. The county’s long-loved Bob Hall Pier will come down, and a new pier come up in its place, commissioners decided Friday. The replacement will be “bigger, better, stronger,” said Nueces County Judge Barbara Canales. The option to raze and rebuild the pier has been in discussion for months…. Read More

Winnapaug Pond project stalled after bids come in $1M higher than expected

RI, United States

WESTERLY — Work on an eelgrass restoration project that is expected to include the removal of 70,800 cubic yards of sand from the bottom of Winnapaug Pond has been delayed again after contractors submitted bids that exceeded cost estimates. The dredge portion of the project had been scheduled to occur during the current dredge window,… Read More

Task force focused on shoreline access

NY, United States

A first step at a recent Town Hall meeting, held via Zoom, was to rename the former town landings task force the Shoreline Access Task Force to include more than just official town landings. Bay Constable Peter Vielbig led a group of members to organize the work ahead and solve problems, some of which have… Read More

County Funds Baxter’s Pond Dredging

NY, United States

To maintain the health of the pond and protect nearby Manhasset Bay, Nassau County will dredge Port Washington’s Baxter’s Pond to clear harmful debris from its basin, Nassau County Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton (D – Glen Cove) said. With support from Baxter Estates Mayor Nora Haagenson and Baxter’s Pond Foundation President Nancy Comer, Legislator DeRiggi-Whitton advocated… Read More

Grant Sought For Shoreline Restoration Project

MD, United States

BERLIN – A grant could help with the restoration of the Jenkins Point shoreline. The Maryland Coastal Bays Program (MCBP) has applied to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources for funding to aid in the Jenkins Point shoreline restoration. Jenkins Point Peninsula, located just south of the Route 90 bridge, has fragmented and eroded dramatically… Read More

$2.6 billion Army Corps of Engineers project on Ohio River might get funded faster

PA, United States

Two key pieces of federal legislation could shave off years waiting to start construction of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers $2.6 billion upper Ohio River project. The project, still in the design phase, replaces a lock each at the Emsworth, Dashields and Montgomery locks and dams. Recent legislation — the omnibus appropriations and covid-19… Read More

That’s a Wrap: Corps Concludes East Branch Dam Repair Project

PA, United States

A big dam problem required a big dam solution. After seven years, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District is wrapping up the East Branch Dam Cutoff Wall Rehabilitation project in Elk County, Pennsylvania. The project was to install a cutoff wall – a 1,500-foot concrete barrier designed to seal the dam’s interior from… Read More

U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center assists Kansas City Corps with hydrodynamic dredge

MO, United States

In a demonstration of collaboration and innovation, the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center deployed an experimental asset and team of experts to the Missouri River in the Kansas City District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, to assist in dredging shallow areas called shoals in the navigation river channel. Missouri River Basin partners include… Read More

Mobile District Completes Ship Island Restoration

AL, United States

MOBILE, Ala. – After 10 years of planning and executing, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mobile District’s Mississippi Coastal Improvements Program (MsCIP) completed the second largest restoration project in the history of the National Park Service, the restoration of Ship Island. Ship Island, a barrier island on the western tip of Gulf Islands National… Read More

DCA Praises Historic WRDA 2020 Harbor Maintenance Tax Fund Reform

DC, United States

WASHINGTON (December 22, 2020) – Dredging Contractors of America (DCA) praised Congressional passage of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2020 as part of the FY 2021 omnibus spending bill and urged President Trump to sign it into law. DCA CEO Richard Balzano made the following statement in support of WRDA’s passage: “For the first time,… Read More

Westport Marina dredging project complete

WA, United States

The Westport Marina dredging project, which began in August 2019, has wrapped and now, for the first time in 40 years, the boat basin is dredged to proper depths for the various vessels that use it, according to the Port of Grays Harbor. “We are extremely pleased to see this important project come to a… Read More

Dominion Energy Continues Development of First Jones Act Compliant Offshore Wind Turbine Installation Vessel

VA, United States

— Vessel will base operations out of Hampton Roads and is expected to be available to support U.S. offshore wind turbine installations by the end of 2023 — Global shipbuilding firm Keppel AmFELS is constructing vessel at Brownsville, Texas shipyard — Project supports Dominion Energy’s industry-leading clean energy profile RICHMOND, Va., Dec. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/… Read More

US DOE Gives $21 Million for Innovative Offshore Wind Technologies

United States

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded USD 21 million in funding for three projects supporting offshore wind energy technology demonstration and resource characterization. The projects will support offshore wind development by demonstrating innovative technologies not previously commercially used in the U.S. and by improving the ability to forecast energy production, DOE said. Atkins… Read More