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Riverclub residents speak out on Corps' drawdown, Meeting scheduled in Augusta for Ga, SC residents

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. (WJBF) - A public meeting will be held in Augusta next week, to let people sound off on plans for New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam.

"I hope they would find other solutions, repair the lock and dam, make the weir higher lengthen the slope the 2 percent," Former HOA President - RIverClub Steve Donahue told NewsChannel 6's Shawn Cabbagestalk. 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' taking comments on the effects of the drawdown after the results showed what they expected. It was more talking and less listening.

"The comment period we understood the army corps of engineers had last week. they were the only ones doing the commenting. they would not let the public even say anything which was wrong," Representative Bill Hixon said.

"It smelled there was trash everywhere. Docks were on the ground. The Marriott dock was on the ground," Donahue recalled.

Following the deepening of the Savannah River Harbor, he says that he's all for supporting the nation but he feels the CSRA was forgotten.

"We got the short end of the stick and that's wrong to put millions to deepening the harbor.  They left us table scrapes to fend for ourselves and it doesn't work," Donahue said.

The new meeting will be held in Augusta for residents on both sides of the River to finally hear from the public. 

Representative Hixon held conferences calls and meetings will high ranking officials including the Colonial of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' working for the people of North Augusta.

"When I was shaking his hand, I said colonial I said you seem like to be a nice guy, but put yourself in their positions if this was your house and your life savings and your life investment in a river that you thought was going to be there where your boats and docks are that you can enjoy for the rest of your life put yourself in their position and see how they would feel and I hope you have a heart, Representative Hixon recalled.

Donahue is hoping that lawmakers will come together to figure out exactly what to do.  

"Everything you hear from the corps of engineers is we're out of money, the law says this and we all know they put the language in the statement and now they can look at you and say that's what the law requires now."

The new public comment meeting will be held on March 21 from 5 to 7 in the Augusta Commission Chambers on the second floor of the Municipal Building on Telfair Street.
 


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