U.S. Army Corps of Engineers extends comment period for the Lock and Dam project

Aiken Standard

Feb. 27– Feb. 27–Those wishing to send comments to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about the future of the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam will now have an extra month to do so, according to a press release on the Corps’ website.

The Corps released a draft report in mid-February that shows the methods used to come to their preferred alternative for the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project fish passage. The Corps’ preferred alternative includes a fixed rock weir with a dry floodplain bench on the Georgia side.

The Corps is adding 30 more days to the initial 30-day comment period, which began on Feb. 16; the comment period will now end on April 16.

“Part of my decision to grant a 30-day extension was to accommodate requests from local and federal officials,” said Col. Daniel Hibner, commander of the Corps’ Savannah District, in the release. “But another big part of the decision was prompted from my engagements and personal assessments with residents in their backyards in Augusta and North Augusta during the simulation exercise.”

Earlier this month, the Corps simulated the river levels that would be caused by the fixed weir and received backlash from those on both sides of the river for the low levels and conditions it showed.

The Corps will also be holding an interactive workshop on Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Augusta Marriott Convention Center. The workshop will include a short presentation summarizing the report and will allow the public to provide written and verbal comments for the official record, according to a press release.

Lindsey Hodges is a general assignment reporter at the Aiken Standard and North Augusta Star. Follow her on Twitter at @LindseyNHodges.

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