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Public comment open for Intracoastal Waterway plan

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District is taking public comments on a proposal for managing dredging material from the Atlantic Intercoastal Waterway in parts of South Carolina and Georgia.

Corps planners have created a Draft Environmental Assessment and a Draft Finding of No Significant Impact for the Intercoastal Dredged Material Management Plan. Public comments will be accepted until noon April 16. View the documents at the Savannah District's website at http://1.usa.gov/10uAt3d.

The Intercoastal Waterway is a 739-mile inland waterway system between Hampton Roads, VA, and St. John's River, FL.

The proposal outlines a 20-year maintenance plan that identifies dredged material, disposal options and evaluates problems associated with the Intercoastal Waterway maintenance. The Corps developed a plan that allows continued use of the waterway and reduces the impact on the environment.

The Corps studied five alternatives for managing the dredged material and recommends option 1 as the preferred alternative. The alternative would use four methods for the placement of dredged sediments, according to a news release from the Army Corps of Engineers:

  • Placement in four existing upland dike areas
  • Placement in the current AIWW open water sites
  • Placement in existing dredged material easements using geo-tube technology to confine the sediments
  • Placement into the existing Savannah and Brunswick harbor Ocean Dredged Material Disposal Sites and establishing two new ODMDS areas near the Sapelo Sound and the Altamaha Sound. Use of ODMDS areas would require additional environmental studies.

To comment to the Corps on the proposal, submit written comments via email to CESAS-PD@usace.army.mil, by fax to 912.652.5787 or mail them to: ATTN: Charles Seyle – PD, USACE Savannah District, 100 W Oglethorpe Ave, Savannah, GA 31401.

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