Spillway gates at Thurmond sub-basin are currently undergoing repair on a number of areas where pitting has developed on the surface of the gates.
The gates are armored with industrial grade coating, which typically lasts 30 years, to protect them from the elements. Periodic maintenance prevents the pits from getting past the industrial coating into the gates, said Scott Hyatt, Thurmond Lake operations project manager. Continue reading
Posted in Flood Risk Management, Water Management, Water Quality/Water Supply
Tagged American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, ARRA, Augusta Industrial Coatings, congress, Construction Services Group, hydropower, hydropower plant, Lake Thurmond, maintenance, rain, rainfall, repair, reservoir, reservoir levels, spillway gates, Stimulus Plan, Thurmond Dam, Thurmond Lake, water management
Observed rainfall in the upper basin recorded deficits in 2014 for all three sub-basins with Hartwell’s deficit being most pronounced. However, for most of the year lake levels remained at or above average, making for a near-optimal year in water-related recreation. Continue reading
Posted in Declaration/Projection, Rainfall Update, Water Management
Tagged 2014, 2014 rainfall, annual, December, December rainfall, El Nino, forecast, La Nina, Lake Hartwell, Lake Russell, Lake Thurmond, NOAA, precipitation, rain, rainfall update, Savannah District, Savannah River Basin, SRB, upper basin, US Army Corps of Engineers, US Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District, USACE, weather
SAVANNAH, Ga. – The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Hartwell and Thurmond Lake Project Offices will accept natural Christmas trees for recycling Dec. 26 through Feb. 15, 2015 at Hartwell and Dec. 20 through Jan. 8, 2015 at Thurmond. Continue reading
Posted in Recreation, Water Management
Tagged boat ramps, Christmas tree, Coneross, fish habitats, garland, Georgia, Lake Hartwell, Lake Thurmond, lights, Mount Lebanon Elementary School, ornaments, recreation, recycling, Savannah District, South Carolina, tinsel, tree trimmings, Twin Lakes, US Army Corps of Engineers, USACE
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