Engineers Assess New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam

As contractors continue to move forward on four of Savannah Harbor Expansion Project’s (SHEP) environmental mitigation projects, a small team this week made headway on another front – the proposed fish passage near Augusta.

Engineers and divers inspected the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam, November 15 and 16, as part of an annual inspection and continuation of the design phase of the fish passage.

The fish passage will compensate for impacts the SHEP will have on the Shortnose and Atlantic sturgeon. The pool behind the current structure, which provides public recreation and supply intakes for a dozen large industries and municipalities, will provide flows through the fish passage.

“The structure is just in bad shape,” said Lucia Newberry, Dam Safety program manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District.

The nearly 80-year-old lock and dam was constructed to assist commercial navigation from the mouth of the Savannah River to Augusta but fell into a “caretaker” status in 1979 because barge traffic largely ceased.

According to Beth Williams, SHEP technical lead, that status places it at a lower priority to receive funding for maintenance and repairs.

While the fish passage project remains in the design phase, construction should start in late 2018 or early 2019.

It must start before or run concurrent with inner harbor dredging, according to Spencer Davis, senior project manager for SHEP.

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3rd International Congress Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging

Russia’s leading maritime industry Media Group PortNews (www.portnews.ru) holds a traditional annual Congress “Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging” in Moscow. 

The two-day Congress includes the 7th International Forum of Dredging Companies and the 3rd Technical Conference “Modern Solutions for Hydraulic Engineering”.

Infrastructure development is among the real sources of Russia’s economy growth. Construction of port facilities and new hydraulic engineering structures on the country’s inland waterways constitute an essential part of all infrastructure projects. It is important to take into account the best international practices to implement these projects effectively.

The program of the Congress will be devoted to the latest technologies for dredging and hydraulic engineering works. Speakers and delegates will refer to real projects to discuss specifics features of dredging works, as well as dedicated fleet and equipment involved.

To learn more about event, please, contact the organizing committee: snitko@portnews.ru

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