SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A federal judge has halted plans to dredge a shipping channel on the Georgia coast, citing threats to nesting sea turtles. U.S. District Court Judge R. Stan Baker granted an injunction Thursday that was sought by an environmental group.
The group is suing the Army Corps of Engineers over a big change in how it dredges harbors in the Southeast.
For three decades the agency has limited dredging from the Carolinas to Florida to the winter to avoid killing sea turtles protected by the Endangered Species Act. Now the Corps wants to end those seasonal limits.
It had planned to dredge the harbor in coastal Brunswick, Georgia, starting next week.