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USCG Shuts Down Nine Maritime DGPS Beacons

The U.S. Coast Guard has announced that because of the comments received from navigation, dredging and hydrographic survey sec-tors, that only nine maritime beacons will be shut down, or disestablished, leaving most of the coastal and inland river National Differential Global Positioning System (NDGPS) beacons in operation.

September-October 2016
Sediment Symposium Explored Beneficial Use Markets

Sediment Symposium Explored Beneficial Use Markets

On July 10 to 13, environmental scientists and engineers gathered in Montreal for the Fifth International Symposium on Sediment Management - i2SM16 - held at the Marriott Chateau Champlain Hotel. It was organized by the Université de Sherbrooke and the École des Mines de Douai. Dr. Patrice Rivard, Ph.D., C.E. of Sherbrooke was chairman of the 2016 organizing committee. Nor-Edine Abriak, is chairman of the biennial i2SM series. Previous locations were Lille, France, 2008; Casablanca, Mo-rocco, 2010; Alibaug, India, 2012 and Ferrera, Italy, 2014.

September-October 2016

BAGGERBEDRIJF DE BOER B.V. (DUTCH DREDGING B.V.) JOINS THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF DREDGING COMPANIES (IADC)

The International Association of Dredging Companies (IADC) announced in mid-July that Baggerbedrijf De Boer B.V. (Dutch Dredging B.V.) had joined the organization as a main member.

September-October 2016
WODCON Concludes with Paper Awards, Harbor Cruise

WODCON Concludes with Paper Awards, Harbor Cruise

Marcel Hermans, new president and chairman of the board of the Western Dredging Association (WEDA), took the podium for the closing session of the World Dredging Conference (WODCON) May 17, when the best paper awards were presented and door prizes given.

July-August 2016
WEDA Environmental Commission Presents Sustainability in the Dredging Industry

WEDA Environmental Commission Presents Sustainability in the Dredging Industry

“What is Sustainability? What does it mean in dredging projects?” Those were the questions that Craig Vogt, chair of the WEDA Environ-mental Commission, posed to launch the panel on sustainability that took place, June 17, the last day of the WODCON XXI conference, hosted by the Western Dredging Association (WEDA) in Miami, Florida. Moderator Frederic Roose, project coordinator at the Government of Flanders, and member of the Central Dredging Association (CEDA) introduced the panel members. They included Donald Hayes, chair and professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Construction, University of Nevada, Las Vegas; René Kolman, secretary general, International Association of Dredging Companies; Martha Robbart, the Southeast Florida regional manager for Dial Cordy and Associates; and Todd S. Bridges, senior research scientist, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

July-August 2016
Survey Boat Demonstration Adds to Educational Opportunities at WODCON

Survey Boat Demonstration Adds to Educational Opportunities at WODCON

Lou Nash brought the Measutronics 24-foot demonstration vessel A Nickel More to Miami to demonstrate integrated hydro-graphic survey systems at WODCN XXI in June. Moored in the Miami River just outside the back doors of the conference hotel, the boat was in action every day of the conference, taking attendees for short cruises.

July-August 2016
J.F. Brennan, Wallace McGeorge Crew Receive Safety Awards

J.F. Brennan, Wallace McGeorge Crew Receive Safety Awards

The Western Dredging Association (WEDA) presented its 2016 Annual Safety Awards to J.F. Brennan & Company and Pine Bluff Sand & Gravel Company at the WODCON Awards Banquet on June 16. The awards were given to a dredging project and to a dredging contractor

July-August 2016
U.K. Medmerry Managed Realignment Scheme Wins WODCON Coastal Resilence Environmental Award

U.K. Medmerry Managed Realignment Scheme Wins WODCON Coastal Resilence Environmental Award

Medmerry Managed Realignment is the largest open-coast scheme in Europe, the first in the United Kingdom, and one of the most sustainable projects the United Kingdom Environment Agency has ever delivered. Located on the south coast of England in Sussex, it was known to be one the most flood-prone and vulnerable parts of the southern coastline. The threat of flooding has long caused concern because of the risk to nearby towns as well as to the natural wetland and intertidal habitat.

July-August 2016

WEDA Shares Environmental Statement by the World Organization of Dredging Associations at WODCON

A the 21st World Dredging Congress and Exposition, WODCON XXI, from June 13 to 17, Western Dredging Association (WEDA) President Ram Mohan read the World Organization of Dredging Associations (WODA) statement on climate change. Craig Vogt, WEDA Environ-mental Commission Chair said the statement is a recognition of the role that the dredging industry has in addressing climate change and sea level rise.

July-August 2016
Boeing’s Restoration at the Duwamish Waterway Receives Environmental Dredging Award

Boeing’s Restoration at the Duwamish Waterway Receives Environmental Dredging Award

Boeing recently completed a multi-faceted environmental restoration of a one-mile portion of the Duwamish Waterway, removing contaminated sediments and creating acres of new aquatic habitat critical for endangered salmon migration as well as new vegetated marsh and riparian areas. The birthplace of the Boeing Company and the B-17 Flying Fortress bomber that was critical to national defense during World War II has been transformed by innovative remediation dredging methods (RDMs) developed for the project. These RDMs demonstrate that contaminated sediment can be removed efficiently without adverse release of chemicals to the water. The Duwamish Waterway area has gone from a camouflaged bomber plant that helped win World War II to an invaluable natural habitat. The project addressed more than a century of impacts from industrialization along the waterway and throughout the entire watershed.

July-August 2016
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