After years of battling between environmental groups and federal officials, a federal judge in South Carolina has approved a settlement allowing Savannah's harbor deepening to proceed. The settlement approved by U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel in Charleson allows the project to move forward with additional protections for water quality.
Derelict boats are littering Georgia's coast. Products of a dismal economy for boaters, these environmental hazards are costly to remove and no one seems to have money to do it. A new effort is putting a small dent in a big problem.
Tuesday is the deadline for public comments in a plan to deepen Savannah's harbor from 42 to 47 feet. Supporters and opponents of the project have been picking over the massive proposal and have different conclusions for federal officials who'll make a final yes-or-no decision later this year. The US Army Corps of Engineers spent 14 years studying plans to deepen the Savannah harbor.
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.
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.