Mon., May 21, 2012 3:00am
Endangered fish could swim farther up the Savannah River once the Savannah harbor deepening project gets started. US Army Corps of Engineers officials are proposing a $32 million "fishway" around an Augusta dam as part of the massive port expansion proposal. But aren't convinced the endangered shortnosed sturgeon would benefit from it.
Thu., May 17, 2012 3:04pm
About 350,000 Georgia workers owe their jobs in some way to the Georgia ports. A report released by the University of Georgia says, 1-in-12 Georgia jobs is port-dependent. Critics say, the figures are inflated, counting every Wal-Mart greeter and store clerk as port-dependent since they work at a company that uses the ports.
Thu., May 10, 2012 12:57pm
Charleston's mayor says, he believes environmentalists when it comes to Savannah's harbor deepening. South Carolina officials recently have taken up an ecological argument against it. Georgians suspect the opposition really is about protecting of Charleston from competition. But, Mayor Joseph Riley says, the concerns are honest.
Tue., April 24, 2012 5:40pm
Governor Nathan Deal visited three cities Tuesday in a statewide tour to sign local bills and talk about the budget. At Augusta's Georgia Health Sciences University, Deal highlighted funding for 400 new residency slots at hospitals statewide. At the Georgia Ports Authority in Savannah, he focused on $47 million in the state budget for Savannah harbor expansion.
Thu., April 19, 2012 1:59pm
A massive US Army Corps of Engineers report on the $650 million proposed Savannah port expansion goes out for public comment Friday. The report details every aspect of the project, including a $14 million plan to conserve a Confederate battleship in the way of the dredging. The ironclad sank in the harbor in 1864.
Wed., April 18, 2012 12:07pm
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wants a federal judge to toss a lawsuit that says a $650 million deepening of the Savannah River shipping channel needs a South Carolina pollution permit. The Georgia ports want the channel deepened to handle larger ships that will call when the Panama Canal is deepened. Conservation groups on both sides of the river have sued.
Thu., April 12, 2012 4:56pm
Georgia's business and political leaders eagerly awaited this week's final report on Savannah harbor deepening. But while it's the US Army Corps of Engineers' last word on the project, it's not the last word in the public debate over whether the deepening should happen. The agency next week will open a comment period.
Wed., April 11, 2012 7:57am
Plans to deepen the shipping channel to the Port of Savannah are moving a big step forward with the release of key federal government studies Wednesday that took 16 years and $41 million to complete.
Tue., April 10, 2012 10:00am
The South Carolina Supreme Court has agreed to hear a dispute over a state water quality permit for the dredging of the Savannah River shipping channel. The court on Monday said it would take original jurisdiction in the case, meaning the issue does not have to be heard first by lower courts.
Thu., February 16, 2012 5:04pm
A new report ranks Savannah harbor expansion as the state's top priority for improving cargo traffic. The state Transportation and Economic Development departments this week released an analysis that's being called Georgia's first comprehensive freight and logistics plan. The report stresses the link between ports and roads.