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.

Here’s a quick breakdown of our progress:
The time-lapse video above shows the Dissolved Oxygen Injection System (downriver site) from December 2016 to January 2018.

The downriver DO system will deliver 12,000 pounds of dissolved oxygen to the front and Back River daily. Both down- and up-river sites together will deliver 40,000 pounds daily and are currently 74 percent complete. The feature should be complete before summer.

The Raw Water Storage Impoundment, which will provide an additional source of fresh water if the Savannah River experiences drought conditions at extremely high tides in hot weather, is 95 percent complete and also expected to be finished before summer.

The final phase of the entrance channel dredging started in December with as many as three dredges committed to the around-the-clock effort. That phase, which will deepen and extend the entrance channel by seven miles, is currently 80 percent complete and on pace to finish in April.

December was also a big month for contractors with DeMoya / Continental Joint Venture as they finalized the contract to remove the tide gate and return the Back River to its original width.

Other completed features include the First Dike Raising, Freshwater Wetlands Acquisition and the CSS Georgia Recovery. The McCoy’s Cut, New Savannah Bluff Lock & Dam fish passage and inner harbor dredging features are still in the design phase.

Visit our SHEP page for the current status of the project.

~ Jeremy S. Buddemeier, Corporate Communications Office

About U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District oversees a multimillion 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
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