Agency appeals order blocking Savannah River dam removal

AUGUSTA, Ga. — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is appealing a federal court decision that says it can’t demolish a dam on the Savannah River. The agency gave notice this week that it would appeal a November decision blocking the dam’s removal. The federal judge ruled the Corps of Engineers had to follow a 2016 law that requires the river’s water level be maintained at its current height. The state of South Carolina and city of Augusta sued in 2019 after the Corps of Engineers decided to remove the dam. The agency argues it's required to improve fish habitat. But governments, industries and property owners who built around the water's elevated level oppose the move.

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