Tybee Island gets renourished

On Friday, contractors with Great Lakes Dock and Dredging Company wrapped up a $4.3 million beach renourishment project on Tybee Island.

The two-week project delivered approximately 250,000 cubic yards of sand to Tybee’s North Beach between Third and Gulick streets, according to Burt Moore, chief of dredging, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District.

Tybee Island normally receives beach renourishment every seven years but federal funding became available as a result of damage and erosion wrought by Hurricane Matthew in 2016.

For more photos of the renourishment project, visit our Flickr site.

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The great outdoors is calling

Although the temperatures have been capricious to say the least in the past few weeks, now is the time to get outside. Continue reading

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Climatologists: Spring & summer could be warmer, drier than average

Experts from the Southeastern River Forecast Center released their Water Resources Outlook this week and it doesn’t exactly paint a rosy picture for the Savannah River Basin this summer. Continue reading

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Stepping into spring

The graph shows the monthly observed versus average rainfall for Hartwell Reservoir. Russell and Thurmond experienced similar “step-like” increases in rainfall since November 2017.

SAVANNAH, Ga. – For those watching the Savannah River Basin, last month’s precipitation was another step in the right direction. (Indeed, the data from the last few months seems to resemble a set of stairs, too.) Continue reading

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Corps completes deepening of Savannah harbor’s entrance channel

The Padre Island, a hopper dredge, shown filling its hopper with dredged material.

SAVANNAH, Ga. – In case you missed it, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District, marked the end of deepening of the outer Savannah harbor last week. Only final touches remain in this $134 million project to deepen the entrance channel of the harbor and extend it an additional 7 miles into the Atlantic Ocean. Continue reading

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The good, the bad, and the possible

The graph shows Lake Hartwell’s projected levels through April. The basin recently entered Drought Level I after rainfall pushed lake levels two feet above Drought Level 2.

Lake lovers got their Valentine’s Day gift last week from Mother Nature as Lake Hartwell pushed past its February rainfall average and the Savannah River Basin finally entered Drought Level 1. Continue reading

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The fate of Augusta’s lock and dam (and some history)

The New Savannah Bluff Lock & Dam, looking downriver.

(Editor’s Note: This post, written by Savannah District Commander Col. Marvin Griffin, was published in the Augusta Chronicle Feb. 10.)

The fate of the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam has become a topic widely discussed in the past year. The issues surrounding the lock and dam are complex and deeply rooted in the past. Continue reading

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Cones are a Corps cash cow

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District harvested 7,500 bushels of pine cones at Fort Stewart in fiscal year 2017, generating about $80,000 in revenue. USACE photo by Rashida Banks.

There’s a saying that money doesn’t grow on trees, but foresters at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Forestry Resources Office at Fort Stewart, Georgia, may beg to differ. They generate thousands of dollars every year from something that grows on trees – pine cones. Continue reading

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SHEP roars into 2018

As cold weather gripped the nation and temporarily stalled work in cities across the South in the new year, the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project continued to check items off its to-do list. Continue reading

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Tide gate removal pushes SHEP closer to completion

The tide gate structure in 2016 (above) and in December 2017 following its removal.

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The removal of a 1970s-era structure from the Savannah River’s Back River marks another major milestone in the deepening of the nation’s fourth busiest container port. It also returns the Back River to its natural width to enhance the area for fish habitat. Continue reading

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