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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Charleston District will be conducting a feasibility study to determine if it will be economically beneficial and environmentally acceptable to the nation to deepen Charleston Harbor beyond the current federally authorized 45 ft depth. This video explains the process that the Charleston District will undergo to determine the best alternative and explains how the public can participate in the process by providing comments.


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This work, Post 45 Feasibility Study, by Sean McBride, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:12.8.2011

Date Posted:07.17.2012 2:59PM

Category:Package

Video ID:149379

VIRIN:111208-A-FL382-001

Filename:DOD_100444380

Length:00:05:04

Location:CHARLESTON, SC, USGlobe

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