Originally created 01/25/00

Makes observations about drawdown

I have two observations about the recent Savannah River drawdown:

First, news reports indicate that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials didn't expect the drawdown to cause property damage. It doesn't take an engineering degree or even a high school physics course to understand that shoreline erosion was inevitable. What will it cost to repair damaged public and private property?

If the lock and dam were permanently decommissioned, what will it cost to provide structural reinforcement for the shoreline property that wasn't damaged by the drawdown? What about litigation costs? (Surely, attorneys for those whose property was damaged will call in a parade of civil and structural engineers who will testify to the foolishness of this event.) In the long run, wouldn't it have cost less just to fix the thing?

Second, much has been said about Riverwalk aesthetics and the river as a local recreational site for picnickers, boaters, fishermen, jet skiers, water skiers, river races, and competition rowers. Let's not forget the local scuba divers who can be found under the river most weekends of the year, even in the winter.

There are old boats, assorted junk, plant life, fish and turtles, and antique glass and pottery. What a shame it would be to lose this great place to explore.

W. Dolen, Augusta


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