Georgia’s smallest lighthouse sees big improvements

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The Cockspur Island Lighthouse, which is part of Fort Pulaski National Monument, stands amid cloudy skies during a restoration project, April 1. Photo by Jeremy S. Buddemeier, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District.

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. – After weathering hurricanes, dodging Civil War cannon volleys and enduring the incessant erosion wrought by tides and rising seas over the past 160 years, the Cockspur Island Lighthouse is getting a much-needed makeover. Continue reading

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Gentle Reader: Staring at crystal balls can injure your eyesight

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When NOAA’s weather forecasts for the basin seem vague, a local writer offers his “gut” predictions. Photo courtesy of Kaboompics.com.

Judith Martin, aka Miss Manners, starts her responses to readers’ questions with “Gentle Reader,” then dispenses the correct way polite people interact. I won’t pretend to be so genteel, although I do claim to be a Texas gentleman.

Today’s post will, however, state my “gentle predictions” on the summer conditions at the Savannah District reservoirs. Continue reading

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Hunter’s game dampened by stormy opponent

Aaron Murphy, a Savannah Corps forester, scavenges a section of Bussey Point Management Area during Thurmond Lake's Turkey Hunt, April 1. The annual event offers a handful of hopefuls the chance to hunt Eastern Wild Turkeys who inhabit the isolated stretch of forest. USACE photo by Chelsea Smith.

Aaron Murphy, a Savannah Corps forester, scavenges a section of Bussey Point Management Area during Thurmond Lake’s Turkey Hunt, April 1. The annual event offers a handful of hopefuls the chance to hunt Eastern Wild Turkeys who inhabit the isolated stretch of forest. USACE photo by Chelsea Smith.

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Like a game of chess, the players lie in wait to outsmart their opponent’s next move.

But on a morning besieged by rain, the turkeys had nature’s advantage. Continue reading

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More like March Sadness …

Time was winding down. Expectations, hopes, dreams, all on the line. And then … thud. Regardless of which team you were rooting for, March’s rainfall for the Savannah River Basin was a resounding brick as the month expired.
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It’s not you, it’s us

We really do want to hear from our community but you may have noticed our comment section is currently down.

Last week Defense Media Activity, which administers our blog, noticed the service was displaying advertisements in their comments, which is against Department of Defense policy.

As such, DMA has suspended that service until it resolves the issue.

We don’t have an estimate on when the comment section will be available again, so until that time, please use the other avenues listed below to reach out to us.

And thanks again for staying in touch.

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~Jeremy S. Buddemeier, Corporate Communications Office

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Workers prepare site for dissolved oxygen system

A crane removes trees and debris from one of two sites that will house the dissolved oxygen system on the Savannah River.  Photo by Jeremy S. Buddemeier, USACE Savannah District

A backhoe removes trees and debris from one of two sites that will house the dissolved oxygen system on the Savannah River.
Photo by Jeremy S. Buddemeier, USACE Savannah District

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Just like a nurse who swabs an arm before injecting vaccine into a patient, workers began clearing debris and underbrush from land set to house dissolved oxygen injection equipment for the Savannah River.

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A tale of the toothless El Niño?

I’m not one to taunt El Niño, especially in a season where forecasters have consistently predicted a strong showing, but two months of below-average rainfall have brought to mind the old lady from the 1980s Wendy’s commercial who asks, “Where’s the beef?” Continue reading

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Keeping it fresh

rainWater managers have added new features to the Savannah District’s Water Management page. Continue reading

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Status update for ongoing Corps studies

In December, we asked for feedback on topics you’d like to read more about on Balancing the Basin. Several readers responded, so throughout 2016 we’ll be incorporating those questions and comments into posts.

Excerpt from Ferris’ comments:
“… I would like to see more frequent status updates for studies. … in particular … the various subprojects of the Comprehensive Study, the Resource Reallocation Study, and the Hydrilla EA. Sometimes the months between milestones seem like years to those of us waiting, and perhaps they are sometimes years, but it would help to know the progress and anticipated report dates.” Continue reading

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High praise for below average performance

For all the hubbub this year’s strong El Niño has generated among forecasters, January’s precipitation, which delivered about 80% of the average at each sub-basin, felt more underwhelming than the numbers suggest.

It’s like when LeBron James only scores 20 points. Continue reading

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