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ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA.   In November 2015, the Institute for Water Resources’ (IWR) staff Michelle Haynes and Hal Cardwell supported, organized and led multiple stakeholder and public meetings as part of POH's Shared Vision Planning approach to the USACE-State of Hawaii West Maui ‎Watershed Plan. The watershed study is supported by a state-federal interagency team who coordinates funded activities relevant to coral reef and watershed health in West Maui.   The study is also supported by a local stakeholder working group, state officials, elders from the communities, private landowners, and others.
‎The team from IWR conducted individual meetings on the plan with the largest landowner in the study area, Maui Land and Pineapple, as well as with the County of Maui, in order to relay study progress.  One new item of note included the recent USACE-supported sediment transport survey work in the basin.
Shared Vision Planning Approach to West Maui Watershed Plan
ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA. In November 2015, the Institute for Water Resources’ (IWR) staff Michelle Haynes and Hal Cardwell supported, organized and led multiple stakeholder and public meetings as part of POH's Shared Vision Planning approach to the USACE-State of Hawaii West Maui ‎Watershed Plan. The watershed study is supported by a state-federal interagency team who coordinates funded activities relevant to coral reef and watershed health in West Maui. The study is also supported by a local stakeholder working group, state officials, elders from the communities, private landowners, and others. ‎The team from IWR conducted individual meetings on the plan with the largest landowner in the study area, Maui Land and Pineapple, as well as with the County of Maui, in order to relay study progress. One new item of note included the recent USACE-supported sediment transport survey work in the basin.
ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA.   In late 2015, Dutch Rijkswaterstaat employee and PIANC member Mr. Arjan Hijdra, switched agencies temporarily when he came to the United States for four weeks at the Institute for Water Resources of the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). The purpose of his visit was to collect and share knowledge in the field of Performance Management. In other words, how to maximize the performance of waterways using the least resources. Just like Rijkswaterstaat, the USACE continually tries to optimize the performance of the waterways. Key questions included ‘how to ensure minimum service levels are achieved’ and ‘how maximized societal value can be realized.’ Both organizations have limited resources to meet these goals, so everything revolves around smart choices.
USACE’s Value to the Nation At Rijkswaterstaat this optimization process is called 'Performance Management,' and is a task of the institute of Water, Traffic and Environment. Currently the system of Performance Management is being improved and expanded. The US Army Corps of Engineers is working on similar issues. Their efforts of continuously steering and improving performance fall under the umbrella name of 'Value to the Nation’.  One of the major differences, Mr. Hijdra noticed, was that Rijkswaterstaat works with a tight rein on solid performance levels where the USACE focuses on a mix of measures in order to contribute maximally to the socio-economic and political needs. Where Rijkswaterstaat reports on whether agreed performance levels are achieved or not, in the American context the achievements are, where possible, monetized. The average economic value over the past years was $110 billion (Value to the Nation, National Fast Facts 2010-2013). However, yearly spending is restricted roughly to $8 billion dollars per year. Not a bad achievement at all!
Exchange of Waterways Performance Optimization Information: Visiting Dutch Rijkswaterstaat Scholar
ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA. In late 2015, Dutch Rijkswaterstaat employee and PIANC member Mr. Arjan Hijdra, switched agencies temporarily when he came to the United States for four weeks at the Institute for Water Resources of the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). The purpose of his visit was to collect and share knowledge in the field of Performance Management. In other words, how to maximize the performance of waterways using the least resources. Just like Rijkswaterstaat, the USACE continually tries to optimize the performance of the waterways. Key questions included ‘how to ensure minimum service levels are achieved’ and ‘how maximized societal value can be realized.’ Both organizations have limited resources to meet these goals, so everything revolves around smart choices. USACE’s Value to the Nation At Rijkswaterstaat this optimization process is called 'Performance Management,' and is a task of the institute of Water, Traffic and Environment. Currently the system of Performance Management is being improved and expanded. The US Army Corps of Engineers is working on similar issues. Their efforts of continuously steering and improving performance fall under the umbrella name of 'Value to the Nation’. One of the major differences, Mr. Hijdra noticed, was that Rijkswaterstaat works with a tight rein on solid performance levels where the USACE focuses on a mix of measures in order to contribute maximally to the socio-economic and political needs. Where Rijkswaterstaat reports on whether agreed performance levels are achieved or not, in the American context the achievements are, where possible, monetized. The average economic value over the past years was $110 billion (Value to the Nation, National Fast Facts 2010-2013). However, yearly spending is restricted roughly to $8 billion dollars per year. Not a bad achievement at all!
ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA. It is with great respect that the US Section PIANC honors Commissioner Dr. Robert “Bob” Engler who passed away in March of this year, by announcing the Robert M. Engler, Ph.D. Student Travel Scholarship.  During the recent Dredging 2015 Conference in Savannah, The Honorable Jo-Ellen Darcy, Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works), provided a moving tribute to Bob during which she made the announcement.  The scholarship will enable PIANC USA to provide travel funding to full time students to attend its technical conferences.  Dr. Engler was always extremely supportive of and mentoring to students and Young Professionals (YPs), making this the perfect tribute to keep his memory strong.  Generations will continue to look to him for inspiration.  Bob’s wife Pat took the stage to accept the plaque commemorating the Scholarship.  She was accompanied to the event by her daughter Jimi Bonnette, son Rip Engler, and sister Jimmi Vasser.
ROBERT M. ENGLER, Ph.D. STUDENT TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIP Announced at the Dredging 2015 Conference
ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA. It is with great respect that the US Section PIANC honors Commissioner Dr. Robert “Bob” Engler who passed away in March of this year, by announcing the Robert M. Engler, Ph.D. Student Travel Scholarship. During the recent Dredging 2015 Conference in Savannah, The Honorable Jo-Ellen Darcy, Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works), provided a moving tribute to Bob during which she made the announcement. The scholarship will enable PIANC USA to provide travel funding to full time students to attend its technical conferences. Dr. Engler was always extremely supportive of and mentoring to students and Young Professionals (YPs), making this the perfect tribute to keep his memory strong. Generations will continue to look to him for inspiration. Bob’s wife Pat took the stage to accept the plaque commemorating the Scholarship. She was accompanied to the event by her daughter Jimi Bonnette, son Rip Engler, and sister Jimmi Vasser.
ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA. Climate change has and is anticipated to continue to affect the frequency, duration, and spatial extent of drought in the United States. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) recognizes the necessity of using the best available and actionable science on climate change impacts to water resources in updating project Drought Contingency Plans to account for changing climate conditions and changes in technology and drought monitoring over the last decade. 
A USACE project delivery team was established to compile drought contingency plan information and compare and contrast contents and methods previously used for forecasting drought frequency and intensity in order to evaluate gaps and robustness, develop analytical tools, and set the stage for future updates to plans and their guidance, if necessary.
USACE Releases a Report on Drought Contingency Planning in the Context of Climate Change
ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA. Climate change has and is anticipated to continue to affect the frequency, duration, and spatial extent of drought in the United States. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) recognizes the necessity of using the best available and actionable science on climate change impacts to water resources in updating project Drought Contingency Plans to account for changing climate conditions and changes in technology and drought monitoring over the last decade. A USACE project delivery team was established to compile drought contingency plan information and compare and contrast contents and methods previously used for forecasting drought frequency and intensity in order to evaluate gaps and robustness, develop analytical tools, and set the stage for future updates to plans and their guidance, if necessary.
ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA. PIANC USA and the Coasts, Oceans, Ports and Rivers Institute of ASCE jointly organized the Dredging 2015 conference last month in Savannah, Georgia, USA (19-22 October).  It was a four-day technical specialty conference that brought together 325+ professionals and practitioners from all parts of the world to discuss a broad spectrum of topics related to dredging. 
The theme for Dredging 2015, Moving and Managing Sediments, included technical presentations on all types of dredging projects from navigation channel deepening and maintenance to environmental restoration to the development of new ports and marinas.  There were special sessions on local projects such as the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project and the recovery of the CSS Georgia.  Conference attendees were able to earn more than twenty-four Professional Development Hours (PDHs), including two engineering ethics PDHs.
Industry Experts Discuss Dredging at Conference in Savannah
ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA. PIANC USA and the Coasts, Oceans, Ports and Rivers Institute of ASCE jointly organized the Dredging 2015 conference last month in Savannah, Georgia, USA (19-22 October). It was a four-day technical specialty conference that brought together 325+ professionals and practitioners from all parts of the world to discuss a broad spectrum of topics related to dredging. The theme for Dredging 2015, Moving and Managing Sediments, included technical presentations on all types of dredging projects from navigation channel deepening and maintenance to environmental restoration to the development of new ports and marinas. There were special sessions on local projects such as the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project and the recovery of the CSS Georgia. Conference attendees were able to earn more than twenty-four Professional Development Hours (PDHs), including two engineering ethics PDHs.
ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA.   USACE’s Collaboration and Public Participation Center of Expertise (CPCX) just celebrated its seventh year of enabling Corps staff to anticipate, prevent and manage water-related conflicts through collaboration while ensuring that the interests of the public are addressed in a fair and transparent manner.  Founded in October 2008 by Major General Riley, CPCX executes its mission by building the collaborative capacity of Corps staff, by providing direct support to Districts and HQ programs to increase the success of collaborative processes, by advising Corps leadership on effective collaboration, and by building the collaboration expertise necessary to address future challenges.  
DCW Steve Stockton referred to the collaborative skills that the Center promotes as the “special sauce” needed for USACE to play the role of “integrator” and to work with agencies and states to address the nation’s water challenges.
CPCX Celebrates Seven Years of Collaboration & Public Participation
ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA. USACE’s Collaboration and Public Participation Center of Expertise (CPCX) just celebrated its seventh year of enabling Corps staff to anticipate, prevent and manage water-related conflicts through collaboration while ensuring that the interests of the public are addressed in a fair and transparent manner. Founded in October 2008 by Major General Riley, CPCX executes its mission by building the collaborative capacity of Corps staff, by providing direct support to Districts and HQ programs to increase the success of collaborative processes, by advising Corps leadership on effective collaboration, and by building the collaboration expertise necessary to address future challenges. DCW Steve Stockton referred to the collaborative skills that the Center promotes as the “special sauce” needed for USACE to play the role of “integrator” and to work with agencies and states to address the nation’s water challenges.
Alexandria, Virginia.  In 2008, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued regulations clarifying compensation requirements for impacts to wetlands, streams, and other aquatic resources authorized by permits issued under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (CWA) and/or Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act (RHA) of 1899.  The 2008 Mitigation Rule incorporates recommendations from the National Research Council for improving the planning, development, implementation, and performance of wetland compensatory mitigation projects, including the adoption of a Watershed Approach to guide compensatory mitigation project site selection and design, and establishes equivalent standards for aquatic resource compensatory mitigation projects.  The report summarizes the progress made in implementing the 2008 Mitigation Rule, including analysis of trends in aquatic resource impacts and compensation from 2010 to 2014 and trends in mitigation banking and in-lieu-fee programs from the mid-1990s through 2014, and found that substantial progress has been made in implementation of the 2008 Mitigation Rule.
IWR Releases The Mitigation Rule Retrospective: A Review of the 2008 Regulations Governing Compensatory Mitigation for Losses of Aquatic Resources
Alexandria, Virginia. In 2008, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued regulations clarifying compensation requirements for impacts to wetlands, streams, and other aquatic resources authorized by permits issued under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (CWA) and/or Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act (RHA) of 1899. The 2008 Mitigation Rule incorporates recommendations from the National Research Council for improving the planning, development, implementation, and performance of wetland compensatory mitigation projects, including the adoption of a Watershed Approach to guide compensatory mitigation project site selection and design, and establishes equivalent standards for aquatic resource compensatory mitigation projects. The report summarizes the progress made in implementing the 2008 Mitigation Rule, including analysis of trends in aquatic resource impacts and compensation from 2010 to 2014 and trends in mitigation banking and in-lieu-fee programs from the mid-1990s through 2014, and found that substantial progress has been made in implementation of the 2008 Mitigation Rule.

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Shared Vision Planning Approach to West Maui Watershed Plan

ALEXANDRIA,VIRGINIA.   In November 2015, the Institute for WaterResources’ (IWR) staff Michelle
Published: 1/29/2016

Exchange of Waterways Performance Optimization Information: Visiting Dutch Rijkswaterstaat Scholar

ALEXANDRIA,VIRGINIA.   In late 2015, Dutch Rijkswaterstaatemployee and PIANC member Mr. Arjan
Published: 1/29/2016

ROBERT M. ENGLER, Ph.D. STUDENT TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIP Announced at the Dredging 2015 Conference

ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA. It is with great respect that the US Section PIANC honors Commissioner Dr.
Published: 11/19/2015

USACE Releases a Report on Drought Contingency Planning in the Context of Climate Change

ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA. Climate change has and is anticipated to continue to affect the frequency,
Published: 11/9/2015

Industry Experts Discuss Dredging at Conference in Savannah

ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA. PIANC USA and the Coasts, Oceans, Ports and Rivers Institute of ASCE jointly
Published: 11/4/2015

CPCX Celebrates Seven Years of Collaboration & Public Participation

ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA.   USACE’s Collaboration and Public Participation Center of Expertise (CPCX)
Published: 11/3/2015

IWR Releases The Mitigation Rule Retrospective: A Review of the 2008 Regulations Governing Compensatory Mitigation for Losses of Aquatic Resources

Alexandria, Virginia.  In 2008, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and the U.S. Environmental
Published: 11/2/2015

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