City of Augusta to hold public hearing on lock and dam next week

The Augusta Chronicle

March 13– Mar. 13–The City of Augusta is holding its public comment hearing March 21 to let people sound off on plans for New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam.

The hearing will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Augusta Commission chambers on the second floor of the Municipal Building, 535 Telfair St. After a short presentation by staff, the city will take comments, including ones in writing. Comments must include name, address and phone number.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is taking comments on its recommended plan for the lock and dam, which it wants to remove and replace with a rock weir fish passage, until April 16. The city and other cities and counties in the Augusta area oppose that plan and want the corps to choose an option that would repair the lock and dam and put a fish passage on the Georgia side of the Savannah River. The cities are concerned the corps plan will drastically lower the pool of water in the pool near Augusta and North Augusta.

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