Environmental study for Brunswick Harbor expansion complete

After three years, USACE planners finalize an environmental study for Brunswick Harbor, Ga.’s widening, expansion, operation and maintenance.

Army Corps officials signed a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) and Environmental Assessment (EA) for the study May 25.

In partnership with the Georgia Ports Authority, USACE conducted a study on Brunswick Harbor for future dredging that would reduce transportation inefficiencies by increasing maneuverability of ships.

Large tides and resulting strong currents can cause navigation issues for larger vessels transiting to and from Colonel’s Island Terminal, said USACE.

After he signed the FONSI, Col. Joseph Geary, Savannah District commander, rescinded a policy limiting hopper dredge usage in Brunswick Harbor since the Corps identified it would not have a significant impact to endangered aquatic life.

“Corps economists anticipate the recommended plan will yield an estimated annual net benefit of $2.2 million to the national economy,” said USACE.

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