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Agreement that will trigger major changes along the Savannah River to be signed on Wednesday

...we should begin work on the fish bypass in about 15 months, or so, after the signing of the (agreement)," corps spokesman Billy Birdwell told me. "That still makes it early in the process since we expect the deepening to take about 60...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/outdoors/2014-10-04/agreement-will-trigger-m
Final deal to start dredging Savannah harbor close

...outer bar by the end of the year," though he deferred to the Army Corps on the timetable.Billy Birdwell, an Army Corps spokesman in Savannah, said the agency has contracts already prepared to submit for bidding as soon as the final agreement...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2014-09-29/final-deal-start-dredging-sav
New Savannah Bluff Lock & Dam still wrapped in red tape

...of the area is off limits."It's permanently closed until it's permanently fixed," said Billy Birdwell, a corps spokesman, who also told me Friday that the cost estimate of the Savannah Harbor project has been recalculated at $706 million...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/outdoors/rob-pavey/2014-06-28/new-savannah-b
Congress raises Savannah harbor price tag to $706 million

...costs are the main reasons the price jumped from its previous estimate of $652 million, said Russell Wicke, an Army Corps spokesman in Savannah.Like other East Coast ports, Savannah is scrambling for deeper water to make room for supersized cargo...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2014-05-22/congress-raises-savannah-harb
Lock and dam closing Thursday

...That project was included in the mitigation package for the proposed dredging of Savannah Harbor's shipping lanes.Corps spokesman Billy Birdwell said the fish passage project remains in the planning stage, but will not include funds for renovating...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2014-05-14/lock-and-dam-closing-thursda
Pavey: Anglers find abundance of catfish at Thurmond Lake

...That project was included in the mitigation package for the proposed dredging of Savannah Harbor's shipping lanes.Corps spokesman Billy Birdwell said the fish passage project remains in the planning stage, but will not include funds for renovating...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/outdoors/2014-05-10/pavey-anglers-find-abund
Augusta Commissioner Mason makes lowering levee a key plank in mayoral platform

...cites the 1,700 square miles of watershed between Thurmond Dam and the city as an added level of protection.Corps spokesman Billy Birdwell has said removing the levee will also affect flood insurance programs and alter flood maps.Mason...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/2013-12-29/augusta-commissioner-mas
Thurmond Lake timber sales delay shutdown budget effects

...closed facilities and furloughed some workers. Hartwell's visitors center is closed until further notice, said corps spokesman Billy Birdwell of the Savannah District office.As of Tuesday, Birdwell said, about 130 of the district's 799...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2013-10-08/thurmond-lake-timber-sales-de
South Carolina, Georgia lawmakers question hydropower from lakes

...it be water flows or power generation," Powell said. "I think there's a lot more to it than meets the eye."Corps spokesman Billy Birdwell said Tuesday that nothing has changed with regard to how much hydropower the lakes are expected to...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/2013-04-19/south-carolina-georga-la
Corps can't let company run Thurmond Lake campgrounds

...and Win field campgrounds."We were highly pleased with the arrangements, and we thought it was a good idea," corps spokesman Billy Birdwell said. "We were also doing it at Lake Hartwell but had not implemented it yet."The change was touted...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2013-09-16/corps-cant-let-company-run-th