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Delays Possible in Harbor Deepening, Issue Critical to Environmental Mitigation

Posted on October 5, 2015

By JoAnn Merrigan, WSAV

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says a delay of up to three months is now likely on part of the Savannah River deepening project. Just a few weeks ago, the Corps announced officially that the dredging had started in the outer harbor off Tybee’s coast. The project will eventually include deepening 40 miles of the river channel from 42 to 47 feet to allow larger ships to use the channel and ultimately the port of Savannah.

So the outer outer is the first phase. The second phase is constructing an oxygen regeneration system. That consists of putting up to a dozen large cone shaped containers at two points along the river. The system will help mitigate the effects of the dredging which is expected to deplete oxygen from the river and allow for more salt in the river water. Both are bad for fish and area wildlife.


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