Savannah Harbor Expansion Project Updates
- Corps retrieves piece of Civil War ironclad "CSS Georgia" from Savannah River, Nov. 12, 2013 - View News Release
- Corps releases final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for modifications to Raw Water Storage Impoundment as part of environmental mitigation for SHEP, October 2013.
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- Final Settlement Agreement for Savannah Harbor Expansion Project - View Agreement
- Asst. Sec. of Army (CW) issues Record of Decision for Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (Oct. 26, 2012)
Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) Jo-Ellen Darcy signed the Record of Decision for the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project, known as SHEP, Oct. 26, 2012.
View Record of Decision
- USACE Chief of Engineers Signs Chief's Report on Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (Aug. 17, 2012)
Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick, commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Headquarters, marked the agency's approval of the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project by signing the "Chief's Report" Aug. 17, 2012. View Chief's Report
- Corps releases Final Report for Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (April 11, 2012)
The Savannah District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers finalized the General Re-evaluation Report (GRR) and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to incrementally evaluate deepening the Savannah Harbor Federal Navigation Project to a maximum authorized depth of -48 feet as authorized by the Water Resources Development Act of 1999 (Public Law 106-53, Section 102(b)(9). The current authorized depth is -42 feet. The studies evaluated the engineering, environmental, and economic acceptability of various alternatives for the present and future harbor conditions over a 50-year analysis period.
Recommended improvements include: channel deepening from the sea through the harbor Entrance Channel to the Garden City Terminal to an authorized depth of -47 feet; channel widening to create meeting areas at Long Island and Oglethorpe Ranges; widening and deepening of the Kings Island Turning Basin; and channel widening at three bends. Recommended mitigation features include: preservation of 2,245 acres of freshwater wetlands; restoration of 28 acres of brackish marsh; construction of a fish bypass around the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam near Augusta, Georgia; installation, operation, and maintenance of oxygen injection systems at three locations in the lower Savannah River; construction of boat ramp on Hutchinson Island; construction of a raw water impoundment for water withdrawn from Abercorn Creek by the City of Savannah; and data recovery, removal and conservation of the remains of the CSS Georgia .
General Reevaluation Report (Final) Environmental Impact Statement (Final)
Federal Natural Resource Agency Documents
As part of their normal review of proposed projects under the Endangered Species Act, federal natural resource agencies provided their view of the project's expected impacts to threatened and endangered species:
- As part of the Final Environmental Impact Statement, the Corps of Engineers conducted an assessment of expected impacts to threatened or endangered species. View Biological Assessment.
- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service concurred with most of the conclusions of the Corps' Biological Assessment, stating that the Corps' plan to deepen the Savannah harbor "may affect, but is not likely to adversely affect" all species that may be present within the area, provided that specific conditions are met. View FWS Letter
- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries Service issued its final Biological Opinion, concluding the Corps' plan to deepen the Savannah harbor is "not likely to jeopardize species" listed or proposed for listing under the Endangered Species Act, provided that specific conditions are met. View Biological Opinion State Natural Resource Agency Documents
State Natural Resource Agency Documents
The Corps worked with state natural resource agencies in Georgia and South Carolina to garner their input on the navigation project. The state agencies have issued the following documents:
- The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GA DNR) reviewed the Corps' determination that the project would be consistent with the Georgia Coastal Management Program. The GA DNR Coastal Resources Division stated "In general, the proposal to deepen the Savannah Harbor by dredging to any of its alternative depths, as described above, is consistent with the enforceable policies of the Georgia Coastal Management Program." View GA DNR CRD Letter
- The GA DNR Environmental Protection Division issued a Water Quality Certification pursuant to Section 401 of the Clean Water Act, provided that specific conditions are met. View GA DNR EPD Certification
- The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC) issued a Water Quality Certification pursuant to Section 401 of the Clean Water Act, provided that specific conditions are met. View SC DHEC Certification
- The SC DHEC office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management removed its objections to the Corps’ determination of the project’s consistency with the South Carolina Coastal Management Program. View SC DHEC OCRM Letter
- The Board of SC DHEC issued a Final Agency Decision November 15, 2011. View SC DHEC Board Document
- The GA DNR Historic Preservation Division (HPD) signed the Programmatic Agreement (PA) for the project pursuant to Section 106 of the Historic Preservation Act. The GA DNR (HPD) letter states that the PA adequately addresses the project effects. View GA DNR HPD Letter
- The South Carolina Department of Archives and History, State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), signed the Programmatic Agreement for the project pursuant to Section 106 of the Historic Preservation Act. The SHPO letter states the executed PA will mitigate for historic properties in South Carolina and Georgia. View SC DAH Letter