Romania Taps Black & Veatch for Black Sea Erosion Control

The Romanian Government has selected Black & Veatch, a global engineering, consulting, and construction company, to provide technical assistance in the development of a Black Sea Erosion Control Program, according to a July 15 press release.

The program is supported by a $385,000 grant from the U.S. Trade and Development Agency to Romania's Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development (MESD).

"The recommendations we provide will help guide future coastal zone management and further restore and protect Romania's rich natural beauty and resources," said Bill Van Dyke, president of Black & Veatch's Federal Services Division. "During recent decades, Romania's Black Sea coastline has experienced significant erosion, resulting in adverse effects to public infrastructure and the environment."

The firm is providing MESD with technical assistance in designing and implementing an Integrated Coastal Zone Management System that will help determine potential structural and non-structural coastal erosion control measures. The project includes developing a framework for a sediment management and transport program along the northern coastline that includes the internationally renowned Danube River Delta.

"Through the development of a sustainable and integrated coastal zone management and erosion control program, Romania will move a step closer to complying with the European Union's Water Framework Directive," said Neal Gruber, project manager. "When completed, this project will benefit Romanians with enhanced water quality and enable environmentally sound development along the coast."

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