US Army Corps of Engineers
Savannah District

Removal of tide gate in back river moves SHEP closer to completion
Before: This 2016 file photo shows the Back River tide gates before removal. The removal of the tide returned the Back River to its natural width, removed an obstruction in the river and helped mitigate for the upcoming deepening of Savannah harbor. After: Tide gates between Hutchison Island in the Savannah River and the South Carolina shoreline have been removed as another mitigation step to allow for the deepening of the Savannah harbor. The gates also narrowed the channel. The Army Corps of Engineers removed the gates’ supporting structure under a $21.3 million contract that also created a sill along Hutchinson Island. The removal and the sill creation also enhanced fish habitat in this popular area. The photos depict the Back River before and after tide gate removal. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photos) Original high resolution photos (separated, without embedded titles) available at

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