The governors of Georgia and South Carolina are keeping quiet on a private meeting on stalled efforts to build a $5 billion cargo port on the Savannah River shared by both states. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley met for nearly two hours Friday at a private office building in Augusta, about midway between their respective statehouses. Both left without speaking to reporters.
Three conservation groups are suing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over a $600 million project to deepen the Savannah River shipping channel. The suit was filed Friday in state court in Jasper County on the South Carolina side of the river.
The Georgia Water Coalition has put the Ogeechee River in southeast Georgia at the top of a new list of dirty Georgia waterways. The coalition representing 180 groups and businesses is highlighting the Ogeechee after a massive fish kill soiled the river in May. The Altamaha is at number two on the list because of Jesup's Rayonier paper mill.
Scores of fish are dead after an east Georgia waterway turned an unusual color over the weekend. Burke County's Brier Creek is naturally dark brown because of decaying organic matter. But it turned completely clear Saturday. Now Savannah Riverkeeper Tonia Bonitatibus says, state environmental officials are investigating another large fish kill.
The latest request for a new drinking water reservoir in Georgia isn't coming from Metro Atlanta, but from the coast. Savannah officials say, the city is going to need a new drinking water source when the Savannah harbor is deepened. The deepening project will push saltier water into the Savannah River, where the city gets much of its drinking water.
Imperial Sugar has agreed to pay $80,000 to settle multiple charges that the company violated Georgia's clean water standards. The state Environmental Protection Division says, the company sent sugary wastewater down drains leading to the river. The violations could have occurred as a result of idled or new equipment since the 2008 explosion that killed 14 people.