A row of 6.4-inch Brooke shells waits in buckets filled with river water prior to being inerted, Nov. 4. Technicians inerted 170 Brooke shells and Dahlgren projectiles in two months. USACE photo by Jeremy S. Buddemeier.
SAVANNAH, Ga. — Ben Redmond and Matt Christiansen are breathing a little easier now that the most dangerous part of their job is over.
The pair, along with a handful of engineers and technicians, spent the last two months inerting 170 Dahlgren and 6.4-inch Brooke projectiles that Navy divers recovered from the CSS Georgia this summer.
And though the projectiles were submerged for more than 150 years, the explosive threat was still very real. Continue reading
The chart shows hourly rainfall at Hartwell sub-basin for Nov. 1-12, 2015 (top) and 2014. Thus far in November, Hartwell has received 6.64 inches of rain compared to 0.14 inches in 2014. For more, visit http://ow.ly/UzK5s.
November rainfall at the projects has already exceeded the month’s averages on the heels of October’s record-setting pace.
To date, Russell outpaces the others by more than doubling its average of 3.5 inches in 12 days. Russell captured 7.4 inches, while Hartwell and Thurmond recorded 6.6 and 5.7 inches, respectively. Continue reading
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If you harbored even remote doubts about NOAA climatologists’ wet winter predictions, October’s rain most likely washed them away. Continue reading
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Last week, climatologists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued their winter outlook for 2015-2016.
Based on their predictions, the southern U.S. can expect a cooler, wetter winter, whereas the Pacific Northwest and Great Lakes regions should experience drier, warmer conditions. Areas in between have equal chances of getting warm or cool and either wet or dry weather. Continue reading
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SAVANNAH, Ga. – Six days a week, Loren Clark comes home covered in mud, soaked in seawater and physically exhausted from 12 hours of hard labor.
But that’s the life of a post-grad.
During the mechanized recovery of the CSS Georgia, more than 20 archaeologists like Clark are finding common ground with the burly salvage workers and crane operators with which they share “an office” – two, 250-foot barges that sit above the wreck site. Continue reading
The Savannah River Basin sputtered its way through September but somehow still landed close to par. This feat seems even more astonishing – if watching rain gauges can be considered astonishing – when you consider the entire basin collected more than one third of its monthly average rainfall on a single day, Sept. 25.
The rest of the month was a different story. Continue reading
Experts from the Savannah District continue to move forward with the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project, aka SHEP.
The Corps has finished one year of required pre-construction environmental monitoring and will continue monitoring throughout the harbor deepening and for 10 years afterward.
A report by lead author Nathan Dayan of the district’s Planning Division, described the actions already taken to establish a baseline of scientific data on the conditions of the Savannah River before dredging begins on the inner harbor. Continue reading
Since our last progress report on the flood storage study published November 2014, we received a few inquiries on when the results would be released. In the above linked post we estimated the study would take approximately six more months to complete, which projected a late spring/early summer completion date. Continue reading
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As part of the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project, dredging for the outer harbor began Sept. 10 onboard the cutter head dredge Alaska. The vessel is situated approximately four miles offshore from Tybee Island in the entrance channel to Savannah harbor.
Alaska’s three-section crew will work around the clock until a pair of hopper dredges, which are more mobile and efficient, begin dredging in December because of restrictions due to the local turtle population.
As the cutter head dredges, material moves up through the ladder pump to the main pump. The main pump pushes dredged material off the cutter head dredge through floating pipes to a spider barge, which disperses the material into scow vessels.
Tugboats move scow vessels laden with dredged material to an EPA-designated disposal site, where the material is released. The tugboat then returns the empty scow vessel to the slot next to the spider barge, where it is filled with more dredged material.
Video produced and edited by Jeremy S. Buddemeier, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District.