A River-Friendly and Fiscally Responsible Future for the New Savannah Bluff Lock & Dam

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The New Savannah Bluff Lock & Dam (NSBLD) located on the Savannah River is in need of major rehabilitation. Studies are underway to determine a solution for its future, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are seeking input from local city officials, industry and the public in general before moving forward.

The Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP) mitigation agreements require the construction of a passage for migratory fish species. The cost of that project is currently estimated at $36M, and existing models involved diverting the river around the failing lock and dam. New federal legislation allows the Corps of Engineers to explore using SHEP funds designated only for the fish passage to also address rehabilitation of the NSBLD, for which there is currently no source of funding. 

Savannah Riverkeeper advocates for the construction of a rock dam in place of the current dam, as well as rehabilitation of the existing lock system, which would:

  1. Meet criteria for the required fish passage;
  2. Maintain the functions of pool and flood control the Lock & Dam has provided for upstream users; 
  3. Save millions in local funds by combining two projects; and 
  4. Pave the way to opportunities for enhanced river recreation and economic growth in the area. 

Sign on to the petition to tell the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other decision-makers that you support this innovative and cost-effective solution for our Savannah River. 



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