Savannah Harbor Expansion Project

A crowd of several hundred gathered in Augusta Wednesday evening to ask representatives from The Army Corps of Engineers how they came to the decision to demolish The New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam, in spite of overwhelming objections from local residents on both sides of the Savannah River in Georgia and South Carolina.

Removing the structure was one of several options under consideration as part of the environmental remediation connected to The Savannah Harbor Expansion Project.    

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Georgia Ports Authority/Stephen B. Morton

President Trump said he would pause tariff escalations with China after meeting with that country’s president, Xi Jinping, at the G20 Summit.

One Georgia industry tracking the ongoing talks is shipping. The Trump administration had threatened a 25% tariff on ship-to-shore cranes that come from China. The Georgia Ports Authority is ordering six new ones at a total cost of $70 million. Its executive director and Georgia’s U.S. senators are asking the White House to rethink taxing them. That's because the cranes are just one piece of a $2.5 billion expansion at the ports that's smashing trade and revenue records.

Edith Carson-Supino, NOAA Fisheries

For years, the deepening of the harbor in Savannah has been one of the most eagerly awaited boosts to Georgia’s economy. With a deeper harbor comes more goods to move across the country.

But a deeper harbor will also make life harder for the endangered Atlantic Sturgeon and its smaller cousin, the Short-Nose Sturgeon.

Billy Birdwell / Army Corp of Engineers

Augusta area residents’ opportunity to comment on a controversial report recommending the removal of The Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam has been extended an additional 30 days to April 16. 

We’ve had requests from both the local and federal government representatives to extend it in order to give people time to kind of digest the report and fully understand what they’re reading before they’re able to make informed comments," Army Corps of Engineers spokesperson Russell Wicke said.

Drew Dawson/GPB News

This week, the water level of the Savannah River in Augusta is lower than it’s been in recent memory.

The Army Corps of Engineers is conducting a simulation of conditions that would exist if the aging Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam is replaced by a rock weir and fish passage.  That change is one of the environmental measures planned to offset the effects of The Savannah Harbor Expansion Project. 

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District (licensed via Creative Commons)

The Army Corps of Engineers this week announced additional funding for the expansion of the Savannah harbor, bringing this year’s total to about $85 million. Officials say the money will keep the project on schedule.