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GPA unveils new wetlands project

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The Georgia Ports Authority unveiled its new wetlands storm water treatment system capable of treating a hundred million gallons of water annually and creating roughly 14 acres of wildlife habitat.

The Ports Authority spent $4 million installing a manmade ecosystem of marsh grasses and microbes, bugs and birds aimed at cleaning up rain water runoff before it reaches the Savannah River.

"We want to be known as a port in a community that treats the environment with respect and handles it the right way," said Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Curtis Fultz. "For us, it's a culture and the right way to do business."

Pipes route storm water runoff from paved areas into the wetlands, where microbes eat pollutants in the water.

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