Shore stabilization project protects Fort Pulaski’s heritage

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Officials at Fort Pulaski National Monument have gained precious ground thanks to a multiagency project that wrapped up this week.

The monthlong shore stabilization project used dredged material from the Savannah Harbor Navigation Project to restore a 1.5-mile section of beach along Cockspur Island’s north shore. Erosion over the past decade was threatening the park’s historic North Wharf and dike system, which date back to the fort’s construction in the early 1800s.

According to Ronnie Westbury, a construction control inspector with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District, workers placed more than 200,000 cubic yards of dredged material along the island’s north shore.

For a frame of reference, 200,000 cubic yards would cover 40 football fields with three feet of sand.

The magnitude of the completed project impressed Candice Wyatt, a biological science technician and the project lead for Fort Pulaski National Monument.

“It’s absolutely amazing,” Wyatt said. “We’ve gained our beach back.”

The National Park Service worked in conjunction with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District, and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to complete the project.

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About US Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District oversees a multi-million dollar military construction program at 11 Army and Air Force installations in Georgia and North Carolina. We also manage water resources across the Coastal Georgia region, including maintenance dredging of the Savannah and Brunswick harbors; operation of three hydroelectric dams and reservoirs along the upper Savannah River; and administration of an extensive stream and wetland permitting and mitigation program within the state of Georgia. Follow us on Twitter @SavannahCorps and on Facebook.com/SavannahCorps
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  • Jamie

    I wish the Corp would dredge the water at the top of the broad river, at
    the beginning
    of clark hill lake. we have lost a lot of our dock waters because to too much sand flowing into our area of the lake