Tuesday is the final day to send comments on the future of lock and dam

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Tuesday is the final day for the public to weigh in on the future of the lock and dam through comments.

The US Army Corps of Engineers plan to remove the New Savannah Bluff lock and dam and replace it with a rock weir.

So how do you get your concerns to the right people? We're glad you asked.

E-mail CESAS-PD@usace.army.mil

OR, if you prefer snail mail, you can write to:
Savannah District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Planning Division ATTN: Ms. Robin Armetta (PM-P)
100 West Oglethorpe Avenue
Savannah, Georgia 31401-3604

And here are the criteria they are looking for to help decide whether the Corps proceeds with the project as planned:

-public interest (This is where your comments to the Corps come in. How many people are worried about this? Right now, fewer than 20)
-National concern for both the protection and use of important resources
-Conservation
-Economics
-Aesthetics
-General environmental concerns
-Wetlands
-Historic properties
-Fish and wildlife (remember, a sturgeon pass-through is already mandated by another law that has to do with the Savannah Harbor deepening project)
-land use
-recreation
-water supply and conservation
-water quality
-energy needs
-safety
-consideration of property ownership
-environmental justice
-the needs and welfare of the people