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St. Paul District Celebrates 150 Years

In 2016, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers St. Paul District celebrates its sesquicentennial (150th) anniversary. The district held a ball on February 13 at the Lost Spur Banquet and Conference Center in Eagan, Minnesota. The district is also hosting a number of open houses around the district over the year to celebrate with the public, and all regular events (summer awards party, retirees’ reunion, history day and annual open houses) will be 150th anniversary themed.

Damen Celebrates 25 years of DOP Submersible Dredge Pumps

This year Damen Dredging Equipment, the dredging subsidiary of the Damen Shipyards Group and its DOP submersible dredge pump is celebrating a milestone anniversary. The DOP was the first pump of its kind, designed by Damen a quarter of a century ago. It had a modest start: a contractor with a tunnel project was looking for a small sized dredge pump with plenty of power. Damen modified an existing dredge pump, added a casing and the rest is history. Over the past decades the DOP submersble dredge pump has become a well-known tool in the dredging world – with hundreds of units sold over all continents.

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President’s FY17 Budget for Corps of Engineers Civil Works Released

On February 9, the President’s fiscal year 2017 (FY17) budget for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works program was released, including $4.62 billion in gross discretionary funding.

Congressional Research Service Rates Corps on WRRDA 2014 Progress

In February 2016, the Congressional Re-search Service (CRS) issued a report on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers progress on the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) 2014, “Army Corps of Engineers: Water Resource Authorizations, Appropriations, and Activities,” by Nicole T. Carter and Charles V. Stern, specialists in natural resource policy for CRS. The report provides an objec-tive look at Corps progress so far on WRRDA 2014 and the study and construction process, as well as provides a historical perspective on evolution of the Corps’ Civil Works mission.

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St. Paul District Celebrates 150 Years

In 2016, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers St. Paul District celebrates its sesquicentennial (150th) anniversary. The district held a ball on February 13 at the Lost Spur Banquet and Conference Center in Eagan, Minnesota. The district is also hosting a number of open houses around the district over the year to celebrate with the public, and all regular events (summer awards party, retirees’ reunion, history day and annual open houses) will be 150th anniversary themed.

Damen Celebrates 25 years of DOP Submersible Dredge Pumps

This year Damen Dredging Equipment, the dredging subsidiary of the Damen Shipyards Group and its DOP submersible dredge pump is celebrating a milestone anniversary. The DOP was the first pump of its kind, designed by Damen a quarter of a century ago. It had a modest start: a contractor with a tunnel project was looking for a small sized dredge pump with plenty of power. Damen modified an existing dredge pump, added a casing and the rest is history. Over the past decades the DOP submersble dredge pump has become a well-known tool in the dredging world – with hundreds of units sold over all continents.

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ACCESS CHANNEL TO PORT MERSIN, TURKEY TO BE WIDENED AND DEEPENED

DEME AND GLDD TO DREDGE SIDE CANAL AT EAST PORT SAID, EGYPT

The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) signed a contract in November 2015 to dredge a new 9.5 kilometer (six mile) long side access channel which will be 250 meters (about 820 feet) wide and 18.5 meters (60 feet) deep. The work is estimated to cost US$60 million and will be completed this spring. Some 15 million cubic meters (19.5 million cubic yards) of material will be dredged. The new channel will enable round-the clock access to the eastern part of Port Said. At present vessels have to join the Suez Canal convoy to reach Port Said.

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New Orleans District Evaluating New Wetland Impact Assessment Method

In late February, the U.S Army Corps of En-gineers New Orleans District launched a new wetland assessment method. The new Louisiana Wetland Rapid Assessment Method (LRAM) will be used to determine impacts to wetlands and calculate compensatory mitigation requirements for activities permitted under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899. The district will evaluate LRAM over yearlong assessment period.

Corps Performs Lakebed Imaging Study for Erosion Analysis

Last year, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Detroit District began a lakebed imaging study to determine changes near the New Buffalo, Michi-gan, area. The Detroit District Hydrology and Hydraulics Office is analyzing the data to under-stand how the sand is moving and why, and what might be done to alleviate problems with erosion. In September 2015, 11 scientists and engineers spent two weeks collecting data to quantify the changes in the amount of sand in the coastal zone.

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35th International Conference on Coastal Engineering (ICCE 2016)

2016.07.17

Held under the auspices of the Coastal Engineering Research Council (CERC) of Coasts, Oceans, Ports and Rivers Institute (COPRI) of...

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Editorial - Corps Updates House Subcommittee on WRRDA 2014 Implementation, as Committee Prepares for Future WRDA Bill

Editorial - Congress Passes Another Omnibus Spending Bill for 2016

Editorial- Report Card for the Heart of the Country: Mississippi River and Great Lakes

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