Editors Note: This is the seventh in a series of articles to explain environmental monitoring efforts associated with the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP). This series focuses on the various monitoring activities that must take place as construction begins.
A Savannah Sparrow captured by University of Georgia biologists conducting avian sampling Dec. 4. The winter sampling consisted of drawing blood samples and banding target species for future sampling that will continue during construction and three years post-construction (Photo by Chelsea Smith).
SAVANNAH, Ga. – Several large impoundments in South Carolina along the lower Savannah River provide habitats for thousands of birds who migrate to the area seasonally. These sites, also known as dredged material containment areas (DMCAs), attract a variety of migratory birds who feed on area fish, invertebrates and vegetation. Continue reading
Posted in Fish and Wildlife, Savannah Harbor, Studies
Tagged avian, biologist, Bird monitoring, cadmium, DMCA, dredged material containment area, harbor deepening, mist nets, Monitoring, Savannah District, Savannah Harbor Expansion Project, scientist, SHEP, species, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, UGA, USACE
During November, Thurmond sub-basin exceeded average rainfall, the Russell sub-basin got near-perfect average rainfall, and the Hartwell sub-basin received below-average rainfall. Continue reading
Posted in Declaration/Projection, Drought in the News, Drought Response, Rainfall Update, Uncategorized
Tagged drought, El Nino, ENSO, forecast, Hartwell Lake, National Weather Service, NOAA, November rainfall, precipitation, rain, Russell Lake, Savannah District, Thurmond Lake, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, USACE
Editor’s note: This installment of a continuing series of articles explaining the operations of the Savannah River basin, looks at the support upstream, privately-owned reservoirs contribute to keeping the basin in balance. Savannah District officials often get asked why Lake Keowee, owned by Duke Energy, seems to remain full while the Corps’ reservoirs, particularly Hartwell Lake seems to drop. Read below on how the far-upper basin supports the central basin.
Georgia’s Tugaloo River and South Carolina’s Seneca River meet underneath the waters of Hartwell Lake to form the Savannah. Both rivers host privately-owned reservoirs used to produce electricity for the region. Those reservoirs also provide water for Hartwell, Russell and Thurmond lakes – and therefore the rest of the basin. Continue reading
Posted in Drought in the News, Drought Response, Hydropower, Recreation, Water Management
Tagged Army Corps of Engineers, Bad Creek Reservoir, drought management, Duke Energy, electricity, Georgia, Hartwell Lake, Lake Jocassee, Lake Keowee, National Weather Service, Oconee Nuclear Station, predictions, reservoirs, Savannah District, Savannah River, Savannah River Basin, Seneca River, sub basin, Thurmond Lake, Tugaloo River, upper basin, USACE, water elevation, weather
October marks the traditional dry season for the Savannah River Basin reflected by typical lower precipitation recorded at Thurmond and Russell sub-basins compared to other months in the year. Continue reading
Editor’s Note: Since entering drought level 1 some stakeholders in the upper basin have written urging Savannah District leaders should take immediate and dramatic actions to preserve reservoir levels. Col. Thomas Tickner, the District Commander addresses these emails in this open-letter posting.
Thank you for your recent input and your views on managing the Savannah River basin. As my staff and I have said many times, we take this responsibility very seriously. I have assigned top-notch experts to oversee the actions we take to keep the multiple purposes of the river balanced. Continue reading
Posted in Drought in the News, Drought Response, From the Commander, Water Management
Tagged Col Thomas Tickner, commander, drought level 1, drought response, Georgia, Lake Hartwell, Lake Russell, Lake Thurmond, Nature Conservancy, reservoirs, Savannah District, Savannah River Basin, South Carolina, US Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District, USACE, water management, water manual
Representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Southeastern Power Administration (SEPA), and Duke Energy signed a new operating agreement in Elberton, Georgia, Oct. 17 defining how water resources will be shared among the Duke Energy and Corps reservoirs in the Savannah River Basin. This operating agreement will increase drought tolerance within the watershed and promote conservation efforts. Continue reading
Posted in Drought Response, Flood Risk Management, Hydropower, Water Management, Water Quality/Water Supply
Tagged agreement, Bad Creek Reservoir, drought, Duke Energy, hydroelectricity, Keowee-Toxaway Project, Lake Hartwell, Lake Jocassee, Lake Keowee, Lake Russell, Lake Thurmond, Savannah River Basin, SEPA, Southeastern Power Administration, US Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District, USACE, water management