Potential Results of the Experimental Dredging of Jekyll Creek Raises Concerns by Local Environmental Advocate

A pilot project by the Army Corp of Engineer (AEC) that aims to determine if dredged material from a Jekyll Creek section of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway can be deposited in the adjacent marsh without damaging the marsh is being questioned by environmental advocate and former Altamaha Riverkeeper James Holland. According to Mr. Holland, the proposed marsh-placement of a 9-inch layer of dredged material could be lethal to a host of oxygen-breathing marsh critters who would be trapped by  a heavy load of mud deficient in oxygen. He is also concerned about the small marsh tributaries that may get filled with dredge spoil, altering them in depth and width and thus affecting the entire flow regime of that section of marsh as well as tidal flows around adjoining marshland.

Mr. Holland, who has shared his concerns with the AEC and the Coastal Resources Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, maintains that the pilot project should be put on hold until a comprehensive hydrological model can be created for the section of marsh targeted by the project.

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