The Georgia Ports Authority’s Savannah Harbor Expansion Project, which aims to deepen the river channel leading to the Port of Savannah to 47 feet, has cleared its last environmental hurdle. The project, which has been in the works since 1999, now awaits congressional action on the Water Resources Development Act to reauthorize the federal funding. What comes next?
- Army Corps of Engineers drafting Project Partnership Agreement and dredging contracts.
In the 18 months following WRDA passage:
- Dike preparation.
- Marsh restoration.
- Dissolved oxygen systems.
- Water rerouting to fresh-water impoundment area.
- Dredging 10-mile channel in outer harbor beyond river mouth.
After 16-18 months:
- Army Corps starts awarding Inner Harbor dredging contracts.
Completion target date: End of 2016.