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PIANC Dredging 2015 Conference to Tour Savannah Harbor

PIANC will host Dredging 2015 in Savannah, Georgia, from October 19 to 22. The tour will take place Thursday, Oct. 22 to Savannah Harbor, including the Corps of Engineers disposal area “12A” improvement project.

The project includes the placement of 1.2 million cubic yards of dredged material to raise the dike, and the placement of 158,000 cubic yards of dredge material to place on inshore bird island, according to William Lane, Corps quality control inspector. The bird island will be topped with an additional 30,000 cubic yards of coarse sand, relocated from dredge disposal area “14B.” The sand will form a two-foot layer to provide adequate nesting habitat for birds. The project also includes repairing five weirs—structures that control the flow of water to the disposal area—and expanding walkways on the weirs. When complete, the 12A project will increase the Corps’ capacity to hold more dredged material from the Savannah Harbor.

There will be much more to see at Savannah Harbor, and tours may be expanded to Friday, October 23. Additional information will be posted on the website (http://pianc.sites.usa.gov/) when it is available.

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