The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) has applied to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the State of Georgia “to increase the Port of Savannah capacity” by building a new containerized cargo terminal on Hutchinson Island along the Savannah River.
USACE and State of Georgia gave us 60 days to review GPA’s massive proposal. We urge you to join us in requesting a public comment extension, an Environmental Impact Statement, and a public hearing so that scientists, decision makers, and the public can fully understand the impact of this proposal and provide useful feedback. The public comment period has closed—however, until a decision is made, any comments received must be considered.
Use the letter below to personalize and add your own concerns about the expansion, particularly in paragraph 4. Tell USACE: we need more time to comment, more information to understand, and an opportunity to speak.
Concerns to consider (Add your own!)
We encourage you to personalize the letter below and include specific concerns in the FOURTH PARAGRAPH. Below are suggested concerns, which have not yet been adequately addressed by the applicant. Add any (or others) that are relevant to you!
- Impact on Wildlife (including shortnose sturgeon, Atlantic sturgeon, manatees, sea turtles, right whales)
- Impact on Environment (salt marsh, Savannah River, Hutchinson Island)
- Impact on Water Infrastructure and access (aquifer, surface water intake)
- Impact on Business (tourism, Traffic, utilizing diverse commercial space for community solely for port activities, marina traffic/commuter issues & safety)
- Impact on Communities (truck traffic, rezoning residential and agricultural to industrial, changing community landscapes and connectivity, more impact on low-income and BIPOC communities, destruction of Geechee culture and historic black communities)
- Impact of the Scale of the Project (Do we have data to prove the expansion is both necessary and possible?)