The Corps’ reckless plan isn’t based on scientific data.
Both OHM and SELC agree that routine operations and management dredging plays an essential role in keeping Georgia’s harbors safe and navigable—but assert that these needs can continue to be safely met in adhering to established winter dredging windows, as has been done for three decades. Further, they reject the Corps’ claims that winter dredging poses a risk to the North Atlantic right whale, pointing to more than three decades of scientific data showing no injuries, fatalities, or other interactions between dredge vessels and right whales.
During the Corps’ recent comment period, nearly 1,000 advocates spoke out in opposition. And DNR’s two-week comment period in March 2021 generated more than 1,500 letters in opposition to year-round maintenance dredging in connection with the Brunswick Harbor Modification Study—a testament to Georgia’s long commitment to sea turtle conservation.