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294 out of 337 Metro Areas Lose Construction Jobs Between May 2009 and May 2010

294 out of 337 Metro Areas Lose Construction Jobs Between May 2009 and May 2010, reflecting weak demand and oerdue infrastructure bills, according to a report issued by the Associated General Contractors.

VeruTEK Submits 'Green' Dispersant for Oil Spill Approval

VeruTEK Technologies, Inc. of Bloomfield, Connecticut has submitted its VeruSOL Marine product family to the National Contingency Plan use in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Port of Houston Commissioners to Consider Berth Dredging

Maritime Cabotage Task Force Opposes McCain Bill To Repeal Jones Act

Statement of Maritime Cabotage Task Force Opposing S. 3525, Legislation to Repeal Jones Act

"We oppose this legislation. All the McCain bill would do is put more Americans out of work."

McCain Moves to Repeal Jones Act

Task Force Releases Answers on Jones Act and the Oil Spill

Frequently-asked questions about the Jones Act and the Gulf Oil Spill

Task Force Answers Jones Act Questions

Dredging in Reach E-4 Temporarily Halted

The United States Army Corps of Engineers New Orleans District, in close coordination with its federal partners, the State of Louisiana and the Shaw Environmental and Infrastructure Group, directed a temporary halt to dredging operations in the littoral system of Reach E-4 near the Chandeleur Islands until additional pipeline is in place to allow dredging from the approved borrow site in Hewes Point.

Jones Act Not Inhibiting Use of Oil Spill Response Vessels

There has been no case where the federal government has refused use of foreign vessels in the Gulf oil spill clean-up because of the Jones Act, according to a statement released by the National Incident Command (NIC).

EPA Puts Gowanus Canal on Superfund Priorities List

On March 2, 2010, EPA added the Gowanus Canal to the Agencys Superfund National Priorities List (NPL). Placing the Canal on the list allows the agency to further investigate contamination at the site and develop an approach to address the contamination.

Jones Act Not Inhibiting Use of Foreign Oil Spill Response Vessels

There has been no case where the federal government has refused use of foreign vessels in the Gulf oil spill clean-up because of the Jones Act, according to a statement released by the National Incident Command (NIC).

EPA Puts Gowanus Canal on Superfund Priorities List

On March 2, 2010, EPA added the Gowanus Canal to the Agencys Superfund National Priorities List (NPL). Placing the Canal on the list allows the agency to further investigate contamination at the site and develop an approach to address the contamination.

Great Lakes Mobilizes Dredge California in Gulf; Texas, Alaska and Liberty Island on the Way

On June 14, 2010, Great Lakes cutter suction dredge, the California, began pumping sand at the Chandeleur Islands for delivery to berm construction locations.

Corps Suspends Surface Mining Permit

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced today it has suspended the use of Nationwide Permit 21 (NWP 21) in the Appalachian region of six states. NWP 21 is used to authorize discharges of dredged or fill material into waters of the United States for surface coal mining activities.

CJW Launches Dredge at Imperial Dam

CJW Construction has launched their IMS Model 7012 HP Versi-Dredge at Imperial Dam in Imperial County, California as part of a $11.8 million contract with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.

Stuyvesant Deployed to Oil Spill

The hopper dredge Stuyvesant has been deployed to the Gulf of Mexico to deliver sand to the protective berm project along the Louisiana coastline.

Vacuum Barges Approved for Oil Removal in Marshes

Ray Bergeron is Dredger of the Year

Raymond Bergeron was named Dredger of the Year at the Western Dredging Association annual conference, held near San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Eric Seagren Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Eric Seagren was presented with the Western Dredging Associations Lifetime Achievement Award during the organizations annual conference in Puerto Rico.

Louisiana Attorney General Files Petition Against BP

On Thursday, June 10, Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell filed a Petition for Discovery and Investigation against BP in state court in Plaquemines Parish.

Jindal Contracts with Bean Dredging and Shaw Engineering for Dredging

Obama Sends $69 Million Invoice to BP

Incident Commander Orders BP to Pay for Coastal Protections

$25 million Grant to Go to Louisiana Attorney General's Office

Baton Rouge: Governor Bobby Jindal announced that $5 million of the $25 million total block grant given to the state for oil clean up and response efforts will go to Attorney General Buddy Caldwells office to support expenses incurred as a result of the BP oil spill.

Holder Announces Criminal Investigation into Gulf of Mexico Oil Leak

Dredging International Submits Low Bid for Gatun Lake Deepening; ACP to Analyze all Bids

Port of Houston to Consider Dredging Authorization on June 1

Corps Grants Emergency Dredging Permit for Barrier Islands

Today, May 27, 2010, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District Commander Col. Al Lee offered an emergency permit to the state of Louisiana for portions of their barrier island plan.

Nalco Providing Dispersants for Spilled Gulf of Mexico Oil

Nalco (NYSE:NLC), confirmed that it is providing oil dispersants and support to BP and the responders dealing with the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The company will continue to provide these dispersants as requested for as long as responders have the need.

Bowe to Testify Before Transportation Committee

New York District Continues Jamaica Bay Restoration Using Dredged Material

The Corps New York Districts beneficial re-use program takes dredged sand from the harbor deepening program and uses it to rebuild habitats. One of these projects is nearing completion in Jamaica Bay. Travelers using the John F. Kennedy Airport can see the bay as they take off or land.

AIWA Members Examine Funding for Dredging and Placement Sites; Warn of Fatalities if Channel is Not Maintained

The waterway extends from Norfolk, Virginia to the Florida Keys, and includes scores of shoaling areas that are a hazard to navigation. Approximately 75 users and stakeholders in the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway assembled in Savannah, Georgia last November for the 10th anniversary meeting of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association (AIWA).

Dredging Contract Awards, February 3 through March 25, 2010

U.S. Dredging Contract awards from February 3 through March 25, 2010

Rotterdam Project Achieves 3.8 Million Cubic Meters in One Week

In April, the construction consortium PUMA moved and placed 3.8 million cubic meters of sand in one week during the Maasvlakte 2 land reclamation project in the North Sea. Eleven Boskalis and Van Oord hopper dredges are working on the project.

Gulf Island LLC to Replace Dredge Potter Structures

Gulf Island Fabrication, Inc. of Houma, Louisiana received a contract on May 7 to replace the upper deckhouse and pilot house of the Corps of Engineers Dredge Potter in a $9,410,156 contract.

Testimony of Barry Holliday Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Regarding Proposals for a Water Resources Development Act of 2010, Part II

Text of Barry Holiday's testimony on April 15, 2010

Cavache Completing Cleanup of Muck-Clogged Lake Trafford in South Florida

Cavache Dredging is midway through removing a thick layer of muck from Lake Trafford in South Florida. The project is the third and final phase of a decades-long effort to rid the 1600-acre recreational lake of a layer of composted vegetation eight feet thick in places that caused a massive fish kill in 1996.

Bills to Firewall Harbor Maintenance Funds Introduced with Bi-Partisan Support

On April 15, U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., introduced S.3213 - the Harbor Maintenance Act of 2010, a bill to ensure that amounts credited to the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund are used for harbor maintenance, and ensure funding for federal ports and harbors across the nation.

VeruTEK Demonstrates Green Surfactant

VeruTEK Technologies, a developer of green technologies for environmental cleanup, demonstrated VeruSOLVE Marine to contractors in Escambia County, Florida on May 2. The company has two products.

EarthCam Adds Monitoring Dashboard for Remote Cameras

EarthCam, has announced its new Control Center 7 software. It is designed to provide project managers smart access to remote webcam technology, including streaming HD widescreen with visual charting of essential system performance details.

EPA Head in Louisiana

Agencies Propose 3500-acre Mitigation Bank in Mississippi

The Mississippi Department of Transportation and The Mississippi Fish and Wildlife Foundation are submitting a completed prospectus for the proposed establishment of a mitigation bank referred to as the Buttahatchie River Mitigation Bank.

The Western Dredging Associations 30th Annual Western Hemisphere Dredging Conference

Exhibitors at WEDA 40/TAMU 41, San Juan Puerto Rico, June 6 - 9, 2010

Louisiana Modifies Fishery Closures Because of Oil Encroachment

Elastec Booms Will Contain, Burn and Disperse Spilled Oil

Elastec/American Marine has shipped 48,350 feet (9.14 miles) of a specialized containment boom to assist in containing spilled oil from the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform in the Gulf of Mexico.

DSC Consolidates Subsidiaries Under DSC Dredge LLC

A new company, DSC Dredge LLC, has been created as an umbrella company to encompass Dredging Supply Company, Inc. and all its subsidiaries. These include: Best Equipment, M&S Equipment, Better Dredges, Inc., W&S Dredge Manufacturer, Reliable Gulf South LLC, Dredge Surplus, and Dragados Sud-America (DSA).

McElroy Offers Training

Silt, Labor Problems Threaten Haldia; New Deepwater Port Planned

IDR Staff writer David Murray, analyzing local Indian news reports, describes navigation and dredging situation at two major Indian ports -Haldia and Goa.

AIWA Says Administration Budget Not Enough For Waterway

Silt Is Choking Goas Progress

Years of crisis and conflict over inadequate dredging in Indias port of Goa have caught up with the states plans to increase its mining capacity.

Hemisphere GPS Launches Construction Division

Hemisphere GPS has launched the Earthworks Business Unit to design and manufacture products for the construction market. The Earthworks product line is focused on machine guidance and control of earth-moving machinery.

Mackie Announces Strong Start to Year For GLDD

On May 4, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation (NASDAQ:GLDD) reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2010.

In Changes, Simonelli is President of Dredging Operations at GLDD; Lowry Leaves Company

On April 20, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock announced that the position of chief operating officer had been eliminated effective immediately. A new position, president of Dredging Operations, was created, with responsibility for all aspects of domestic and international dredging operations.

Governor Jindal and Coastal Officials View Oil Impact at Grand Isle, Thunder Bayou and Fourchon Beach

Corps Proceeding on Oil Berm Permits

Corps Processing Emergency Dredging Requests

Corps Issues Emergency Permit Guidelines

State of Louisiana Describes Emergency Dredging Plan

Venice, Louisiana: On May 20, Governor Bobby Jindal joined Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser and other local officials for a meeting and boat tour off the coast of Plaquemines Parish in the Pass a Loutre area where he observed firsthand substantial oil impact on Louisiana's wetlands. The Governor and local officials rode through and inspected thick, dark oil that has made its way into the state's fragile wetlands. The Governor held a press conference in Venice following the tour where he renewed his plea to the Army Corps of Engineers to issue an emergency permit so the dredging plan can begin quickly.

Bangladeshi Waterways Unions End Strike

Orion to Restore Bayou Lafourche

Zubieta Gives Keynote at PIANC Congress in Liverpool

Port Congress in Ecuador to Study World Trade Relationships

More Co-sponsors Endorse HMTF Bills

Some preliminary response report on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill; Congress introduces HMTF bills

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Nalco is Providing Dispersants for Gulf Oil Spill Response

Elastec/American Marine Sends Booms to Oil Spill

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