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The legal issues surrounding the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam are not likely to be resolved any time soon.

An ongoing legal battle on the future of the Lock and Dam and the pool levels downtown is the main controversy. The condition of the structure and the costs to repair are part of the arg...

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  1. Good reporting. I’m left with questions. The locks are functional “but constantly needing repair,” according to the CoE. Yet the CoE apparently hasn’t made any significant repairs in recent years? The article says the CoE spends “very few resources” monitoring and repairing the dam. Do local communities/counties share any responsibility? I seem to recall the CoE and other local advocates using the alleged deteriorated condition of the dam in arguments for its destruction. Apparently they have abandoned that tactic. Is there a repair strategy available? If so, has the CoE done some sort of repairs? Why is there no more recent unclassified report than the one from 1978? Are there more recent classified reports? Could they be unclassified? FOIA? CoE says there are so many sturgeon just below the dam that “many” people fish for them there. Are the sturgeon spawning there? The CoE said there are two “small” suitable spawning areas south of the dam. Are the sturgeon endangered, as we might assume, or have they been doing OK for the past 80+ years? As a relative newcomer to the area, I’m sure there is much I don’t know about this complex situation, but it seems to be something ripe for full-blown investigative journalism, if someone has the time and resources. Would like to see more reporting on this subject. Thanks for your efforts thus far.

    • Thanks for questions. Local community does not share in cost to maintain the structures from what I can gather. We have asked a lot of other questions on the reports and more recent data. We have already prepared a FOIA document to send them pending their responses to our questions this week on what is classified or not and why. We are not done. We are only getting started on this issue and these questions. Thanks for comment.

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