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PIANC Bulletin

Vol. 2, Issue 2, April 2010


Dredging 2012

PIANC USA and COPRI are proud to announce Dredging 2012, a 3-day technical specialty conference. The conference will be held in Fall 2012, located in beautiful San Diego, CA. Topics addressed include: Integrating Dredging Operations with
Environmental Restoration; Dredging: Equipment Innovations; and Ports/Navigation – Case Studies.

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Seminar on Sustainable Development of Maritime and River Port Infrastructure in Latin America

As part of PIANC's 125th Anniversary celebrations, and in conjunction with the VIth Argentine Congress of Port Engineering, this seminar was held 5 to 7 April in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Presenters at the seminar included: Bob Pietrowsky, who delivered a keynote address. Kevin Knight, David Grier, Dr. Craig Phillip and Jeannie Beckett also made presentations.

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Young Professionals Corner

Join the PIANC Young Professionals on LinkedIn! Already more than 30 professionals have joined this group. Don't miss out on this opportunity to expand your networking circle.

The PIANC Young Professionals will have a networking opportunity during the PIANC MMX conference. This will occur Wednesday evening, May 12, at a location to be announced soon.

If you will be attending the Congress, please let us know by emailing the PIANC USA YPCom delegate.

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Call for Applications for PIANC Marina Design Excellence 'Jack Nichol' Award 2011

PIANC established the PIANC Marina Design Excellence 'Jack Nichol' Award in 2002 in memory of the late Jack Nichol, a distinguished member of the PIANC Recreational Navigation Commission and noted marina designer. The purpose of the Award is to recognize excellence in the design of modern recreational boating facilities around the world. Applications may be submitted by both PIANC National Sections and individual applicants.

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Student Travel Scholarship Fund Update and Thank You

Earlier this year PIANC USA announced the establishment of a Student Travel Scholarship Fund which will enable PIANC USA to continue providing travel scholarships to full time students to attend PIANC USA conferences and seminars. In 2009 PIANC USA paid $1,164 for student travel to our meetings, and so far this year we have raised $630 with the help of generous donations from our membership!

PIANC USA would like to thank the following members who have contributed to this fund as of April 15, 2010: Kelly Barnes, LDCR Alan Blume, James Clausner, Harry Cook, David Grier, Ingram Barge Company, Bruce Lambert, Charles Lehman, Dr. Cliff Ohl, Robert Randall, Walt Ritchie and David Rozene.

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It Isn't Too Late to Register for the PIANC MMX Congress in Liverpool

The PIANC UK Section is proud to host the 125th Anniversary PIANC MMX Congress in Liverpool from 10-14 May 2010. The Congress is open to PIANC members and to anyone with a professional interest in navigation, waterways and ports.

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PIANC USA Annual Meeting 2010

Save The Date!

September 22, 2010
Boston, MA
Intercontinental Boston Waterfront

Held in conjunction with the National Waterways Conference 50th Anniversary Meeting (Sept 23-24, 2010) www.waterways.org You are leaving the PIANC USA web site. Click this icon for more information..

Make plans to attend the PIANC USA 2010 Annual Meeting and stay for the National Waterways Conference 50th Anniversary Meeting. Separate registration required; discount for PIANC Annual Meeting Attendees.

The PIANC USA 2010 Annual Membership Meeting will take place on September 22, 2010 in Boston, Mass. We are planning an exciting day of technical presentations and discussions, as well as networking events. Young Professionals (YPs) are invited to come early for a YP "Meet and Greet" Coffee (8:00am), and the day will end with the opportunity to network with National Waterways Conference attendees at the evening cocktail reception (6:00pm).

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Smart Rivers Update

Conference Date: September 13-16, 2011
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Westin New Orleans Canal Place

Mark your calendar for the next installment of the Smart Rivers Conference series, a biennial forum bringing together an international group of professionals involved in inland / river transport from around the world. The organizing committee has been working to put together the conference technical topics in preparation of the release of the Call for Abstracts announcement (to be issued summer 2010).

Overarching Theme of the Conference: "Systems Thinking"

The Smart Rivers 2011 organizing committee will hold a meeting in Liverpool at the PIANC Congress next month in order to take advantage of the face to face opportunity between the Americans and Europeans. The meeting will be held on Tuesday 11 May, 1700 to 1900, and if you are interested in attending, please contact the PIANC Representative for details.

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Government to Promote Waterways to Cut Emissions and Reduce Highway Traffic

On April 7, 2010, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood unveiled a new initiative to move more cargo on the water rather than on crowded U.S. highways. Under the "America's Marine Highway" program, the Department's Maritime Administration (MARAD) will help identify rivers and coastal routes that could carry cargo efficiently, bypassing congested roads around busy ports and reducing greenhouse gases.

"Moving goods on the water has many advantages: It reduces air pollution. It can help reduce gridlock by getting trucks off our busy surface corridors," said Secretary LaHood, speaking to transportation professionals at the 7th Annual North American Marine Highways and Logistics Conference in Baltimore, MD.

"There are many places in our country where expanded use of marine transportation just makes sense," said David Matsuda, Acting Administrator of the Maritime Administration.

The final rule can be found on the MARAD website at www.marad.dot.gov You are leaving the PIANC USA web site. Click this icon for more information.

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Wildlife Returns to Jamaica Bay, New York and So Does Army Corps

A few years ago, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and partnering agencies restored the degrading Elders Point East, a marsh island in Jamaica Bay, New York. Last summer, Melissa D. Alvarez, a Senior Project Biologist with the Army Corps' New York District was inspecting the island.

"I saw movement in the water as the tide was draining one of the creeks. I looked closer and saw something I've never seen there. There were dozens of juvenile horseshoe crabs swimming within the tidal creek. They were the size of a quarter, but this meant so much more. It means that the restored island is now providing successful breeding for horseshoe crabs," said Alvarez.

"Bottom line- The marsh islands are an irreplaceable natural resource that provide so many benefits to the surrounding region."

To restore these islands, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District, has teamed up with partnering agencies, including The National Park Service, Natural Resource Conservation Service, New York City Department of Environmental Protection, Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Marsh island restoration within Jamaica Bay advances the goals of the Hudson Raritan Estuary Comprehensive Restoration Plan. The primary goal of the plan is to develop a mosaic of habitats that provides maximum ecological and societal benefits to the region.

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National Waterways Alliance Meets with CEQ on Proposed Revisions to Principles & Standards

A diverse group of 30 members of the National Waterways Alliance — representing all segments of the water resources community nationwide — met with the Council on Environmental Quality to discuss the proposed revisions to the Principles and Standards governing the planning and development of water resources projects.

Highlights of the session included a presentation by Dr. Sam Hunter, Chairman of the Mississippi Valley Flood Control Association, reflecting on the significance of the Mississippi River watershed to our nation, stressed the critical importance of effective flood control efforts to protect our nation's most valuable natural resource.

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PIANC Members Morris and Nichol Receive Lifetime Achievement Awards

On March 25, 2010, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) honored two of PIANC's prominent members by bestowing upon them the Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL) award for lifetime achievement. Established in 1999, these prestigious awards recognize and honor outstanding civil engineering leaders whose lifetime accomplishments and achievements have made significant differences in one of five categories: construction, design, education, government and management.

John W. Morris, Lt. Gen. (ret.), is the recipient the 2010 OPAL award for lifetime achievement in government.

Robert D. Nichol is the recipient the 2010 OPAL award for lifetime achievement in management.

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A Riverman's Lexicon

Longtime PIANC USA member, Charles Lehman, recently released a book that will most certainly be of interest to many of our members. A Riverman's Lexicon defines and delves into the history of our Western Rivers, and explains the language, spoken and written, as used by rivermen from the age of steamboats to the diesel powered vessels that today ply our navigable rivers and canals.

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Seeking Volunteers for "Inland Navigation Channel Training Works" Manual

PIANC USA and ASCE's Coasts, Oceans, Ports and Rivers Institute (COPRI) have a long-standing MOU to partner on projects, and several PIANC members sit on the COPRI Waterways Committee and its Navigation Engineering Subcommittee. This subcommittee has just initiated work on a manual titled "Inland Navigation Channel Training Works." The manual will focus on the "Training Structures" component of navigation channel design.

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The PIANC Bulletin, formerly a quarterly newsletter and now a bi-monthly e-newsletter, is designed to keep interested parties up-to-date on the latest PIANC USA developments. Visit the PIANC website at: http://www.pianc.us/