The Commerce Department is still waiting to sign off on a plan to deepen the Savannah harbor. Georgia officials want a deeper port to serve larger ships. But the federal Marine Fisheries Service has concerns about habitat loss for endangered shortnose sturgeon. An official says, there's no timeline, but a report to make a decision is coming.
Georgia’s ongoing water tussle with Alabama is in the hands of a federal judge. The states have filed their updates on negotiations over Lake Allatoona, northwest of Atlanta. It’s a lesser-known lawsuit that’s been overshadowed by the dispute over Lake Lanier.
U-S Army Corp of Engineers officials are proposing treating Savannah drinking water with lime to offset potential effects of harbor deepening. The lime would prevent corrosion from saltier water the city expects to pump out of the Savannah River after the deepening. But using lime could have its own effects.
U.S. Army Corp of Engineers officials have given their approval for an 890-acre expansion at the Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport. The project will allow the airport to make several improvements -- including building a new taxiway and a tunnel for traffic to flow underneath a taxiway. But it also will allow Gulfstream Aerospace to expand their headquarters.
US Army Corp of Engineers officials plan to release more information about how deepening the Savannah harbor will effect the city's drinking water. The Corp is revising a report on the project's evironmental effects. Savannah's top officials are pushing the project hard while the city's water manager airs concerns about saltwater.
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.
US Senator Johnny Isakson says, he'll press Congress to fund a half-billion-dollar expansion project at the Port of Savannah. Congressional Republicans recently have been pledging to cut spending to shore up the deficit. Isakson says, there is money for the project, which state leaders see as critical to the economy
The US Army Corp of Engineers offered to give Tybee Island some of the sand that it plans to dredge up from the bottom of the Savannah River during a proposed harbor deepening. But Tybee Island's city council members have rejected the offer, citing beach aesthetic and safety concerns.
South Carolina officials are taking aim again at the proposal to deepen the Savannah harbor. This time, their criticism deals with how harbor deepening will affect plans to build a new port on the South Carolina side of the Savannah River. South Carolina lawmakers say, the site of the proposed port will be used as a place to dump river-bottom material.
A massive federal report on the half-billion-dollar harbor deepening project in Savannah doesn't examine the project's long-term impact on employment. Critics doubt the project will bring more jobs. Proponents say the link between the port and jobs is obvious.