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European Dredging Association Annual General Meet-ing and Conference Focuses on Global CO2 Emissions and Climate Change

The 2016 Conference and Annual General Meeting of the European Dredging Association (EuDA) was held at the Stanhope Hotel Brussels, Belgium on November 15. According to Paris Sansoglou, EuDA’s Secretary General, “Our conferences try to bring timely topics to the attention of our members. The theme of this year’s Conference ‘Global CO2 Emissions: New Business Opportunities for the European Dredgers?’ is clearly something on the minds of those in the maritime industries.”

Editorial - President Signs WIIN Act, Including WRDA 2016 Provisions and More

U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK), chairman of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, and U.S. Representative Bill Shuster (R-PA), chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, were both outspoken and confident that a Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) for 2016 would become reality this Congressional session, and on December 16, President Obama signed the bill.

Editorial - House T&I Committee Approves Its WRDA 2016 Bill, H.R. 5303

On May 25, the House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee unanimously approved H.R. 5303, the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2016. On April 28, the Senate Environmental and Public Works (EPW) Committee introduced and approved its version of WRDA 2016, S. 2848 (detailed in the last editorial). Before a final WRDA 2016, both bills must pass the House and Senate and a separate combined bill goes before the full Congress. It’s a long road, but support is widespread for WRDA legislation from both Republicans and Democrats, and both committee bill introductions were met with a lot of praise.

Senate EPW Committee Introduces WRDA 2016

Editor’s Note: On May 25, at presstime, the House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee introduced its version of the bill, H.R. 5303. We will detail that bill in the next issue.


In November 2015, the Port of South Louisiana Executive Director Paul Aucoin participated in a Congressional rountable before the House Committee on Transportation and Infra-structure. At the request of Congressman Garret Graves, the meeting was held in New Orleans at the Louisiana State Supreme Court and the discussion focused on “The Importance of Port, Waterway, Flood Control & Ecosystem Restoration Improvements to the Nation’s Economy: Concepts for the Next Water Resources Development Act (WRDA).” The roundtable high-lighted for the committee current issues facing Southeast Louisiana and the need to include them in the 2016 WRDA bill.