<b>JACKSONVILLE, Fla. </b>- The Jacksonville District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be an active participant at the American Society of Civil Engineers' "Ports 2010" conference, being held at the Hyatt Regency Riverfront April 25-28.

"The ASCE Ports 2010 conference is the 'Super Bowl' of navigation conferences," said Jackie Keiser, chief of the dredging section of the Coastal, Navigation and Antilles Branch in tge Jacksonville District.

"This conference is held every three years at different locations around the world, and this year it is being held in our backyard." Keiser explained that the event represents a great opportunity for Jacksonville District employees to network with members of the international navigation community.

"PORTS 2010: "Building on the Past, Respecting the Future" is the 12th in a series of international port and harbor development specialty conferences held by ASCE since 1977.

The ASCME website notes that the event will offer an opportunity to both present the best results of these efforts, and to learn from the practical experience of our professional peers. The organization notes that the papers and technical sessions for the conference are expected to present clear and timely examples of Best Practices in the balanced and sustainable planning, design, construction, maintenance, and operation of port and harbor facilities worldwide.

Jacksonville District's Coastal, Navigation and Antilles Branch Chief Jerry Scarborough emphasized the importance of the district's participation in the conference, given his branch's mission.

"The responsibility of the Corps is to facilitate the safe, reliable, and economically efficient movement of vessels, and it does so by constructing and maintaining navigation channels and harbors and regulating water levels on inland waterways," he said. "The system of harbor channels and waterways developed and maintained by the Corps is an integral link in the nation's intermodal transportation system. We maintain 900 miles of Intracoastal Waterway in Florida and keep commercial shipping channels open for dozens of commercial harbors in our state."

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