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Savannah Riverkeeper Releases More Information About Proposed Lock And Dam Changes

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The Savannah Riverkeeper organization released more information about its proposal to demolish the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam and replace it with a controllable weir to allow for fish passage and create a recreational whitewater course; however, some city leaders remain unimpressed.

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  1. I have a solution for the riverkaren…stay out of it! Unless you’re ponying up the 75 million (people Vichy we know you aren’t cause you barely pay rent) then just stay out of the way..we don’t need some pie in the sky tax payer funded whitewater boondoggle. Leave the dam alone!

  2. Strongly agree with Comm Smith-McKnight … a whitewater park is TO EXPENSIVE TO OPERATE ….just look at the Augusta Swim Natatorium on Damascus Rd. And alredy a water park in the SPLOST works for South Augusta….that will one day be a big regret.

  3. SRK using Augusta as an experimental location. There is no record of such plan implemented anywhere in USA. SRK plan may looks very attractive at papers, however, it is not constructable as required by law. It will probably cost four times more than what SRK stated. Proposed gates need to be down nine months every year to pass fish; how SRK will keep pool at 114.5. Augusta Citizen observed complete failure of model prediction during USACE river draw down; water level dropped several feet below what model predicted. It will be lot more cost effective to repair current dam that we all know is maintaining Augusta current pool level.

  4. When the Parks and Rec department can expertly run the Aquatics Center, and have all other city-owned pools and splash pads up and operating on a consistent basis, only then should this idea of them maintaining a water park be considered. I however, place no confidence that this whole project will work to begin with.

  5. SRK’s pipe dream at taxpayer’s expense. Parks and Rec has not maintained existing leisure facilities (aquatics ctr., recreational parks, riverwalk, broad street fountains/plantings etc.) why would one think this is a great idea. Augusta’s being held hostage due to Savannah’s harbor dredging, fix the lock and dam. Before adding anything, work on maintaining and repairing our existing facilities. BTW, Covid is not the excuse, this disrepair has been going on for years.

  6. If you search the GADNR and SCDNR websites for short-nosed sturgeon information, it is apparent that little information is known about the populations, habitats, diet, spawning success, and impact of other human activities besides dams and impoundments (e.g., poaching and pollution) on their survival. Replacing or removing the dam may not increase the sturgeon population. Spending $75M without a guaranteed significant increase in sturgeon population is stupid. As for the estimate to design and construct the weir system and park, getting the Feds to appropriate $68M is like milking a chicken. Expecting Augusta taxpayers and private interests to pay $6M for the park when the county cannot provide basic services and infrastructure is unrealistic. The estimated costs most likely do not include permits, environmental impact statements, geotechnical surveys, seismic studies and qualification, operating costs, spare parts and maintenance, and contingency funds for unanticipated design and construction problems. My experience is that federal project estimates based on a concept always cost 3-5 times more than the concept-based estimate.

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