Reclaiming Clear-Cut Land

by Elliot Silverston, (M.ASCE), Environmental and Water Resources Group Manager; Greiner, Inc., Tampa, FL,
Mark Easley, Sr. Environmental Scientist; Greiner, Inc., Tampa, FL,
James A. Harned, (M.ASCE), Water Resources Engr.; Ogden Environmental & Energy, Louisville, KY,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1993, Vol. 63, Issue 11, Pg. 70-71

Document Type: Feature article


The Savannah (Ga.) Airport Commission needed to expand the city's international airport to meet projected needs through 2007. The expansion was designed with Greiner, Inc., Tampa, Fla. and it called on our environmental engineers to create a functional storm-water-management system. The system would have to reduce impacts to existing wetlands while complying with local, state and federal water-quality, water-quantity, sedimentation and wetland regulatory criteria. Our strategies have included using an existing railroad bed for a proposed roadway alignment, increasing fill side slopes to reduce fill area and reducing the number of roadway crossings of wetlands. The expanded facility, scheduled to open in May 1994, includes a new terminal, apron and support areas, and an access interchange to Interstate 95. The area under development, about 515 acres, is located in the northwest quadrant of the airport property. This land encompasses federally-protected, low-lying wetlands along the waterways, drainage ways and upland forests. The majority of the uplands and wetlands have been degraded due to ongoing forestry activities and the construction of drainage canals.

Subject Headings: Wetlands (fresh water) | Airports and airfields | Highways and roads | Land reclamation | Federal government | Fills | Drainage | Project management | Tampa | Florida | United States

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