Vol. 1, Issue 3 August 2009
Message from the President
I presided over the U.S. Section Commissioner's meeting on 14 July, hosted by the Port of Pittsburgh Commission. The meeting was very productive, with 100% attendance by the PIANC USA Commissioners, and focused on the U.S. Section's strategic goals for the next 5 years…The next PIANC USA event will be in New Orleans, LA, 28 October 2009, where we are organizing a one-day technical seminar on "Navigating the Environment - Managing Risks and Sustaining Benefits" - should be very interesting! Professional Development Hours (PDHs) will be granted, so I encourage all in the navigation community to attend…
Jo-Ellen Darcy was sworn in as the new Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) on August 12, 2009. Ms. Darcy is the 11th person and second woman to hold this position. She will have primary responsibility over the Department of the Army’s programs for conservation and development of the nation’s water resources, including flood damage reduction, river and harbor navigation, environmental restoration and protection, water supply, shore protection, hydropower and recreation. Ms. Darcy will serve as PIANC USA’s new Chairperson.
Joy Liang, an undergraduate student and intern for the Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS), shared her experience as a first-time participant at the 2009 Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, PA. At the meeting, Liang learned invaluable lessons about infrastructure, networking, and the professional world. What she discovered demonstrates the importance of encouraging young professionals in the field of navigation infrastructure.
The call for nominations has commenced to replace the elected Commissioner for the Western Region Vice President, whose term expires in December 2009. States that fall under the Western Region include: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. If you reside in one of these states and are interested in this leadership position in PIANC USA, please submit your name, brief bio, and photo (for the ballot) to Kelly Barnes or by mail at PIANC USA, 7701 Telegraph Rd., Casey Bldg., Alexandria, VA 22315. The nomination period will close on October 2, 2009.
On July 15, 2009, PIANC USA honored four of its veteran members for their contributions to and distinction in the Association by promoting them to the Fellow member grade. At the PIANC USA Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, PA, PIANC USA’s President, Major General Bo Temple, presented the 2009 Class of Fellows with a medal and thanked them for their service. The 2009 PIANC USA Fellows included Mr. Thomas M. Ballentine, Mr. Harry N. Cook, Dr. Robert M. Engler and Mr. John P. Woodley, Jr.
PIANC headquarters has set up a permanent cross-cutting "Commission Task Group on Climate Change," led by the Environmental Commission (EnviCom). The permanent task group will be chaired by Dr. Kathleen D. White from PIANC USA. As climate change is and will be an ongoing hot political issue with overarching importance, PIANC feels it is essential that the waterborne transport sector be prepared to be an active partner in this fast developing field.
Lillian Almodovar, Senior Manager of the U.S. Army Engineer Institute for Water Resources, participated in the First Hemispheric Convention on Port Environmental Protection sponsored by the Organization of American States, Inter-American Committee on Ports (OAS-CIP), and the Government of Parana, Brazil. The Convention was held July 22 – 25, 2009 in Fox de Iguacu, Brazil. The main focus of the Convention was to exchange information and best practices on how the ports can contribute to preserving and protecting the environment while balancing economic development and social needs.
PIANC established the PIANC Marina Excellence Design Award ‘Jack Nichol’ in 2002 in memory of the late Jack Nichol, a distinguished member of the PIANC Recreational Navigation Commission and noted marina designer. The 2010 winner will be announced at the Annual General Assembly of PIANC in May 2010 by the Chairman of RecCom and following be published in the Magazine ‘On Course’ and on the website of PIANC. Upcoming deadlines for the 2010 Jack Nichol Award are as follows: 31 August 2009 – Abstract due (not mandatory);
31 December 2009 – Complete application due.
Seeking U.S. Young Professional Participation: PIANC USA is looking for another representative to serve on YPCOM alongside Jessica McIntyre from Moffatt & Nichol, who is our current rep on the Commission. Many of the other member countries have two representatives on YPCOM, so the U.S. is hoping to increase our participation and support of the Commission. Additionally, there are open YP slots on several International Working Groups.
Vienna, Austria (Sept 2009): Young Professionals are invited to join conference participants on one of two technical tours highlighting important aspects of the Danube River system.
Liverpool, UK (May 2010): A number of activities for Young Professionals are being planned for the 32nd PIANC Congress this upcoming May in Liverpool. Young Professionals presenting at the Congress are also eligible to participate in the Awards competition. If you are interested in sponsoring Young Professional activities at the Congress, contact Jessica McIntyre for more information.
Navigating the Environment - Managing Risks and Sustaining Benefits
Technical Seminar & Networking Reception
PIANC USA and the International Environmental Commission (EnviCom) are organizing this one-day technical seminar. EnviCom’s mission relates to both broad and specific issues related to sustainability, environmental risks, and navigation. It also develops and provides environmental guidance for sustainable waterborne transport, ports, and waterways. This seminar will address topics related to climate change, ecosystems and dredging, sustainable sediment management, and coastal flood risk management. Professional Development Hours (PDHs) will be granted.
If you will miss the Smart Rivers Conference in Vienna, Austria (Sept 6 – 9, 2009), you can join us for coffee as we discuss the "Future of Inland Navigation" at the National Waterways Conference (NWC), Inc., Annual Meeting (September 23-25, 2009). PIANC USA will host a "coffee discussion group" at this year’s meeting in Charleston, WV. All NWC attendees are welcome to attend.
Ports 2010 "Building on the Past, Respecting the Future"
Ports 2010 is the next in what continues to be the premier port engineering conferences in North America, organized by the American Society of Civil Engineers and PIANC USA. Organizations that provide services or goods to the ports and harbors industry are cordially invited to join us at Ports 2010.
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