This timeline gives an overview of our research projects from 2004 – 2016. For more detail on these projects, see below.
Completed Projects Listing
These are some of our earlier completed projects. They helped lay the groundwork for many of our later projects, partnerships, and collaborations.
Comprehensive Savannah River Study (2006-2008)
In order to determine the effect of an urban corridor on river ecology, Phinizy researchers performed a comprehensive, diagnostic assessment of the condition of the Savannah River. Among the many outcomes of this project, our results for this study were compiled in the Savannah River At Risk document, which later served as an initial draft for Georgia Environmental Protection Division (GAEPD) and the United States Corps of Engineers (USACE) documents. This project also set the stage for our continued monitoring of the Savannah River, leading to one of the most geographically and temporally comprehensive databases of its kind.
Kennecott Ridgeway Mine(2000-2008)
This project resulted in the development of low-cost successful restoration strategies for restoring former mine systems. As examples of these strategies, two mining pit lakes were successfully restored. Additionally, it helped establish one of the largest databases in the world of water quality and restoration data related to a former gold mine site and provided a Ph.D. opportunity for one of our researchers.
Hammonds Ferry Constructed Wetland Development (2007)
Our organization was integral in the design of a constructed wetland to rehabilitate a former brick mine. This project resulted in a vegetated constructed wetland cell and series of open ponds that keep stormwater from impacting the Savannah River, while providing natural habitat, aesthetic enhancement, and recreational opportunities to the surrounding subdivision community.
Merryland Brick Mine Restoration (2003-2007)
Approximately 420 acres of historic Phinizy Swamp land was successfully restored to bottomland hardwood swamp following years of kaolin mining. This project also resulted in the establishment of a wetland mitigation bank for the Merryland Restoration Project, which ensures the protection of this restored swampland in perpetuity.
Phinizy Swamp Constructed Wetlands Research
In partnership with the Augusta Utilities Department, we played a role in designing one of the country’s largest manmade wetlands, which are used for the tertiary treatment of municipal and industrial wastewater. Design of the gravity flow fed cells was enhanced by results from our experimentation with different wetland plant types, optimization studies, and tracer studies. The success and effectiveness of this natural water treatment method has generated interest both locally and abroad, with interest from as far away as the African Water Managers.