A win for loggerheads: Court orders halt to Georgia coastal dredging plans

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia ordered the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to honor seasonal dredging limitations and halt hopper dredging activity set to begin this month in the Brunswick Harbor.

In a win for loggerhead turtles, other coastal wildlife, and conservationists, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia just granted SELC’s preliminary injunction ordering the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to halt hopper dredging activity set to begin this month.

After the Corps committed that dredging in the Brunswick Harbor would begin no earlier than May 28, the Court held a hearing yesterday on our challenge against the agency’s unlawful decision to eliminate seasonal limitations on hopper dredging projects that have successfully protected sea turtles and other marine life for decades without an adequate environmental review.

“State and federal agencies have relied on seasonal dredging windows for decades for the simple fact that these windows have proven to be effective in reducing risks to sea turtles and other coastal wildlife,” says Attorney Megan Huynh, who argued the case.

We filed the lawsuit on behalf of One Hundred Miles. In a previous brief, the Corps conceded that One Hundred Miles would ultimately succeed on the merits and admitted that the agency violated federal law when it failed to conduct an environmental review of its actions.

Says Catherine Ridley, coordinator for the St. Simons Island Sea Turtle Project and vice president of education and communications at One Hundred Miles: “We are pleased the court recognized what’s at stake here for Georgia’s protected loggerhead sea turtles, particularly given the Corps’ admission that it violated federal law by not conducting an adequate environmental review.”  

Want more SELC Stories? Get our monthly enewsletter featuring highlights from across the South.

More News

Virginia’s Pine Grove School named one of ‘America’s Most Endangered Historic Places’

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has included Pine Grove School on its list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places for 2021....

FERC decision clears way for action against Alabama Power’s unjust solar charges

A decision by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission opens the door for our case against Alabama Power’s punitive monthly solar fee to go to fe...

Biden administration announcement leaves crucial waters in jeopardy

The EPA announced it plans to repeal and replace a harmful, destructive rule by the prior administration that removed federal pollution protectio...

SELC supports House infrastructure bill, with a few caveats

A major federal transportation bill on its way to a vote in the House of Representatives marks a milestone in efforts to reduce the contribution...

3 ways to celebrate World Environment Day from right where you are

At the Southern Environmental Law Center, it’s no secret we love the South. Its people, its incredible biodiversity, and its unmatched natural wo...

Trump Clean Water Act rollback strips protections from many large public lakes

Popular lakes across the nation — even some drinking water reservoirs like South Carolina’s Lake Keowee — were stripped of protections against po...

More Stories