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Congressman Barrow Tours Lock and Dam

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Congressman John Barrow was in Augusta Monday looking at the Savannah River Lock and Dam to see what repairs might be needed.

The lock and dam was built in the 1930's and is in need of some work.
     
Currently, it's owned by the US Army Corps of Engineers, but the Corps wants to transfer the facility to local governments.
 
Congress says the structure needs to be in better shape before it can be transferred.

Russell Wickee is with the Savannah District Corps of Engineers:

"This particular structure here creates a higher water level throughout the city of Augusta and it makes a pool. There are different industries that have intakes that pull water out of that pool and people have docks and there's also a good amount of economic activity that depends upon it."

A future study is set to determine exactly what repairs need to be made before it can be transferred.

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