Last week, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District announced their decision on the future for a fish passage at the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam near Augusta.
The final decision will be a set of river-width weirs followed by the removal of the deteriorating lock and dam. The plan will lower the average height of the river in the Augusta area approximately 2 feet from current average conditions. The introduction of multiple weirs will hold the water level above natural levels while allowing endangered fish, including the shortnose sturgeon, to reach traditional spawning grounds inaccessible since the lock and dam opened in 1937.
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