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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March deficits contribute to persistent drought

Rainfall last month continued the trend over the last 15 months that’s caused the drought conditions we currently experience. This is especially disappointing since March is typically the wettest month of the year. Continue reading

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SHEP spotlight: DO system

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Contractors with CDM Constructors Inc. are finishing concrete placement for the intake structure on the downriver site of Dissolved Oxygen Injection System. The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.

The system is one feature in the environmental mitigation for the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project.

As discussed previously on this blog, the DO system will force oxygen into river water via two separate plants using proprietary Speece cones to super-oxygenate water taken from the river and re-introduce it back into the river. The system is designed to provide 40,000 pounds of oxygen per day into the estuary to mitigate for the effects on dissolved oxygen from the harbor deepening.

Here’s a small scale version of how the system operates: 

~ Jeremy S. Buddemeier, Corporate Communications Office

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Video: SHEP progress update in 2 min or less

The Savannah Harbor Expansion Project gained more traction in March.

Several features are on schedule to be completed by the end of 2017, including the First Dike Raising (June); Raw Water Storage Impoundment (July); CSS Georgia Recovery (Sept.); Dissolved Oxygen Injection System (Dec.); and the Sediment Basin Tide Gate Removal (Dec.).

Entrance Channel Dredging, which is currently 53 percent complete, is expected to wrap up in July 2018.

Other features, such as McCoy’s Cut, the New Savannah Bluff Lock & Dam Fish Passage and Inner Harbor Dredging are still in the design phase.

Video produced by Jeremy S. Buddemeier, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District. Additional footage courtesy of Georgia Ports Authority, Continental Heavy Civil and Thalle Construction. Music by

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