Fight over lock and dam is underway

Fight over lock and dam is underway

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - The regional fight to preserve the lock and dam is underway. Richmond County Commissioner Sean Frantom says it’s the most frustrating thing he’s ever been part of.

Now that the public comment period is over, he says many entities, including the Chamber of Commerce and Canal Authority, are very concerned about what happens next.

“Thankfully, the governor and the senators all stepped up and signed documents and they’re on board to help us, because this - again - could be catastropic for Augusta. From a development standpoint, from an economic standpoint, from a property value standpoint. It’s scary to think what would happen if that lock and dam goes away and our pool goes down.”

Commissioner Frantom says there are lots of violations in the documents the Army Corps of Engineers submitted, according to the attorney the city hired. He’s hoping a solution that benefits all can be reached by August.

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