Conservation groups appeal Savannah dredging

Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011 2:49 PM
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COLUMBIA - Conservation groups -- including one from Augusta -- have appealed South Carolina's water quality permit for the $650 million deepening of the Savannah River shipping channel.

Attorneys with the Southern Environmental Law Center filed the appeal in the state’s Administrative Law Court.

The appeal contends the Department of Health and Environmental Control improperly approved the permit allowing deepening of the channel so larger ships may call at Georgia’s ports. The permit had originally been opposed by the DHEC staff.

The appeal contends the dredging will deplete dissolved oxygen, destroy habitat of the endangered shortnose sturgeon and destroy hundreds of acres of freshwater marsh.

It was filed on behalf of the Savannah Riverkeeper, based in Augusta, Ga., as well as the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League and the South Carolina Wildlife Federation.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/08/11 - 04:49 pm
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There's not a chance of this

There's not a chance of this suit winning. All it does is make it critical to maintain adequate releases from Thurmond dam.

nothin2show4it
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nothin2show4it 12/08/11 - 06:21 pm
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What happened the first time
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What happened the first time they dredged the Savannah River Shipping Channel. Did it ruin the Savannah River environment? Did the sturgeon survived the first dredging? Well of course they did. Is there still hundreds of acres of freshwater marsh out there? Well of course there is. Were the sturgeons and marshes damaged as a result of the first dredging? Well of course they were and with the help of qualified people they were restored. Come to think of it they didn't have the technology back then that we have today so I am guessing the results will be better this time. Technology and progress... Gotta love it!

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Riverman1 12/08/11 - 06:57 pm
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The problem is they are

The problem is they are making the harbor significantly deeper, increasing the volume of the water. It's going to take more fresh water to maintain the balance and prevent salt water intrusion.

nothin2show4it
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nothin2show4it 12/08/11 - 08:01 pm
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Well I don't really subscribe
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Well I don't really subscribe to the sky is falling school of thinking. The problems is no one really know exactly what will happen. It is all theory. Mt. St. Helen is a prime example.

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blues550 12/08/11 - 11:05 pm
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God forbid we keep our
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God forbid we keep our Georgia ports competitive.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 12/08/11 - 11:27 pm
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Don't worry about the salt

Don't worry about the salt water intrusion, RM. When it rains, there will be fresh water intrusion. When there is drought, there will be salt water intrusion. It all balances out, and the sturgeon can survive either condition.

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