Sturgeon

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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.    


Billy Birdwell / Army Corp of Engineers

After years of contentious debate, The Army Corp of Engineers has made their recommendation on how to replace an Augusta dam with something that will benefit an endangered fish.

The Corps of Engineers wants to replace the Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam with a pair of river width weirs that would allow the endangered shortnose sturgeon to reach spawning grounds it hasn’t used since 1937.

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.