And This, Kids, Is Why They Are Called Public Comments…

In response to a Freedom of Information Act request from the Savannah Morning News, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released the full text of public comments submitted to the corps on the Savannah harbor deepening project.

The more than 1,100 comments are available, under the “Important Documents” section. All but the handwritten comments are searchable by key word at this site.

The corps already posted the comments on its own website, but in a move criticized by open government advocates, officials blacked out the names of the commenters. Corps spokesman Billy Birdwell initially cited privacy issues as the reason for redacting the names.

Despite making the public comments fully public with their release to the newspaper, the corps does not intend to update its website, Birdwell said,


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