Providing comments now easier: reader engagement no longer limited to Facebook

Readers may have noticed a change in our comment section. On Friday we returned to our original comment plug-in for posts. This is good news because now anyone can provide remarks – no social media account needed! Readers may comment as guest, or use a medium of their choice.

In March 2016 we announced the vendor we were using for guest comments was suspended until the Defense Media Activity, which administers our blog, could work out issues with the DoD-wide contract.

After several weeks went by without resolution, we announced in May 2016 our intent to use a Facebook plugin as an intermediate solution to allow readers to continue engagement with us. The Facebook plug-in required users to have a Facebook account – a significant limitation since many people don’t use Facebook.

An unavoidable side effect of our transition back to normal is that all the comments posted using the Facebook plugin (since May 2016) dropped from the posts. Most of them remain accessible on our Facebook page, and readers can still contribute to those discussions. They just no longer appear on this site.

We apologize for the inconvenience. We believe the comment plugin installed now gives better service. And, for those who prefer it, the option to use the Facebook tool exists in our current arrangement.

Thanks for reading!

~Russell Wicke
Corporate Communications

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Wetland acquisition advances SHEP progress

The Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP) continues to make progress, most recently demonstrated by the completion of another environmental mitigation requirement.

After acquiring Abercorn Island in February, the Georgia Department of Transportation recently transferred the 2,080-acre property to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. This completed the second of SHEP’s environmental mitigation requirements.

The Georgia Department of Transportation had acquired and transferred a smaller tract to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2015.  The transfer of the Abercorn Island tract secures preservation of a total of 2,256 acres of freshwater wetlands – the most dynamic and beneficial kind of wetland in the coastal region.

The two tracts slightly exceed SHEP’s requirement to acquire and preserve 2,245 acres of wetlands.

The other mitigation requirement that SHEP completed is the payment of $2.9 million in March 2015 for additional striped bass stocking. The funding allows the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to raise and then stock additional striped bass in the estuary.

Work is also underway on a number of other mitigation features, such as:

  • Recovery of the remains of the CSS Georgia at 90 percent complete (now scheduled to wrap up Aug. 1)
  • Dissolved Oxygen Injection System at 39 percent complete
  • Raw Water Storage Impoundment at 86 percent complete
  • Removal of the Tidegate in the Sediment Basin at 71 percent complete

The expansion project is also making progress with its navigation features. The Savannah District completed a dike raising contract in the first week of July, which enables the containment area dikes to hold the new work inner harbor dredged material.

Work in the outer channel approaches 60 percent completion heading toward its scheduled completion in July 2018.

For more updates, visit the SHEP webpage.

~ Russell Wicke, Corporate Communications Office

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More rainfall, but where is it all going?

Things are starting to look up for the Savannah River Basin as each of the sub-basins received above average rainfall for the third straight month. Continue reading

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As the summer heats up, exercise caution

SAVANNAH, Ga. – More public recreation fatalities occur in July than any other month, so we’re asking you to play it safe while on, in or near the water. Continue reading

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Next stop: Lake Hartwell, June 26

SAVANNAH, Ga. – We’re hitting the road next week, heading to Lake Hartwell for a workshop on water management and water levels. The three-hour event will be held at the North Georgia Technical College, Currahee campus, in Toccoa, Georgia. Doors open at 6 p.m. Continue reading

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Play it safe around water this summer

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Before you head out for a day on or near the water, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Savannah District encourages you to ensure you have life jackets for everyone and that you wear them.

Last year Savannah District recorded seven fatalities on the lakes it manages, including Hartwell, Richard B. Russell and J. Strom Thurmond. Five of the seven fatalities occurred in undesignated swimming areas. Continue reading

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Misconceptions on Fish Passage Corrected

We are aware of concerns in the community about the future of the New Savannah Bluff Lock & Dam (NSBL&D) and changes in the proposed fish passage. We believe there are presently some assumptions or misinformation circulating within the community about those topics and the legislation passed in the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act. For background on how this law impacts the NSBL&D, see our summary here.

Most of the misinformation can be summarized under five main categories. We address them below: Continue reading

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The rains return

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Although it didn’t feel like a wet month, April delivered some much-needed, above average rainfall to a drought-ridden Savannah River Basin. Continue reading

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Corps seeks input on future of New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Studies are underway to determine a solution for the future of the New Savannah Bluff Lock & Dam, and we are seeking public input. Continue reading

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Corps fights flooding with Ga. Nat’l Guard, City of Augusta for Vigilant Guard ’17

AUGUSTA, Ga. – As a CH-47 Chinook helicopter roared overhead and a company of soldiers worked to protect the city from a rising Savannah River, David Peterson smiled, comfortable in his element.

“This is like Christmas,” said a visibly excited Peterson, chief of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District’s Emergency Management Division. Continue reading

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