Port Of Savannah Deepening To Begin Next Week.

Georgia received excellent news today as the Corps of Engineers says we can start deepening the Savannah Port next Wednesday:

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Tuesday that the federal government and the state of Georgia will sign a so-called Project Partnership Agreement on October 8 that details the cost-sharing and engineering responsibilities for the $706 million project.

Georgia has long sought deeper water along the river leading to the Garden City terminal above Savannah, the nation’s fourth busiest port. Deepening from 42 to 47 feet will allow ever-larger container ships to run the river and drop off imports and pick up exports that fuel Georgia’s economy.

The state has already ponied up $266 million for the deepening project scheduled to take five years. Congress is on the hook for the rest and Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Gov. Nathan Deal, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed — all likely to attend next week’s signing ceremony — expect Washington to pay its share.

3 comments

  1. ArtfulDodger says:

    We will be better off building a container port nearer the ocean where there will be less environmental damage done to the river. For the money we are spending (state and federal) we could be building that new port and not have to worry about the damage to our quality of life as teh proposed remedy for the salt water intrusion and loss of oxygen is unproven in an application like that proposed.

    • Ellynn says:

      It’s a tidal river. It will always have saltwater intrusions. Last year when the three flood gates up river were opened there was the worry over the lack of salt water in the tidal marshes. A hurricane goes between the main land and Bermuda during astrimomical high tide, the tidal surge does more damage then the sea channel changes in the deepen mouth. Unlike New Orleans and other habors in the Gulf and Texas, the salt marsh have remained in tack and no additional channels have been added to destroy the naturalling buffering. Not to mention the huge oxygenation systems being added to the west end of Hutchison Island.

      If you really want something to worry over in keeping the river safe, look at the amount of industrial discharge up stream, farm run off and the sepage from the Savannah River site. They do mare damage then tidal intrusion.

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