This spring, hundreds of college students descended on Georgia’s Cumberland Island during their break- but they weren’t there to party. Garbage bags in tow, students from the southeast, as well as Trinidad and Japan, hit Cumberland’s beaches to help the Georgia Conservancy clean up the island.
The Georgia Conservancy is defending its position on the Savannah harbor deepening after an op-ed piece said the evironmental group would not stand in the way of the project. The harbor deepening has angered activists who worry about the project's effects on the coastal environment.
The public comment period on the Savannah harbor deepening project ends Tuesday. The half-billion-dollar project is one of the state's highest political priorities. The comment period has been a ping-pong table for environmental groups and business interests.
A US Army Corps of Engineers official says, the agency is likely to extend the public comment period on the Savannah harbor deepening project. Some environmental groups and others have said the public comment window was too short given the immense size of the report and its technical difficulty. The official said an extension should be announced this week.