Whitewater study scope worries Riverkeeper


Plans to hire consultants to study a white water course in Augusta are bogging down. 

The Savannah Riverkeeper was pushing commissioners to spend 10 thousand dollars to hire the McLaughlin Group to come up with concept drawings for  a whitewater center at lock and dam

However commissioners want consultants to look at other river activities, causing the cost of the study to increase to 30 thousand dollars. 

At that price commissioners voted to put the project out for bids.

The Riverkeeper is concerned now the plans won’t be ready in time for the Corps of Engineers final recommendation for Lock and Dam later this summer. 

“We’ll see. It would be really sad for us to go through this whole process and not have the documents ready in time for the Corps and we’re playing with fire right now. Let’s just hope it works out for us,” said Savannah Riverkeeper Tonya Bonitatibus.

The procurement department told commissioners the bid process can be accelerated to get the results back within 15 days. 

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