Corps app is down but not out

Users may have gotten this error message recently while trying to access Savannah Corps’ lake level app. We’re working to update it.

For those who’ve upgraded their iPhones to iOS11, you’ve probably noticed our app has been inaccessible for a while. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Once we learned our app required recoding to work on iOS11, we figured a standard update (a day’s work) would get the job done.

It turns out Apple’s new operating system was quite an overhaul (if your I’s have been auto correcting to A?s, you know exactly what we’re talking about), and we also ran into some complications with our Apple license and certificates.

We do believe we’ve nailed down all the issues, and we’ve resubmitted (for the third time) the final update to Apple. Apple customer service said it could be another seven days before the update is available.

So we’re not there yet, but we’re closer to the goal. We thank you for your patience as we work through this issue.

~ Russell Wicke, Corporate Communications Office

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Following the water

In this five-minute video, Waterpedia follows your water’s path from the Savannah River through the treatment process and eventually to your tap.

The water moves through a rapid mix and flocculation tanks, sedimentation basins and filtration stations before it is disinfected and distributed.

Through this process, which happens continuously and normally takes at least five hours per batch, 44 million gallons are processed at two water treatment facilities per day.

Experts at the water treatment facility ensure the water’s quality at several stages throughout the process.

*Note: Savannah area residents’ water comes either from the Floridan Aquifer or the process described in the video.

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No tricks, October rainfall was a treat

Though not normally known as a rainy month, October brought some much-needed precipitation to the basin. Hartwell and Russell registered 7.7 and 5.7 inches compared to their 4.1- and 3.2-inch averages, respectively.

These numbers ranked in the top 10 for October observed rainfall going all the way back to 1948. Thurmond received 4 inches, which was nearly an inch above its average.

Coming off of a fantastic month of rainfall, we often get a deluge of questions like the one tweeted by @Hutt1 yesterday:@Hutt1 is correct – Hartwell is still 7 feet below guide curve but the cause, as we often point out, rests with below-average runoff. Despite the great rainfall at Hartwell, runoff is still below average – an increase to 80 percent of normal. Thurmond runoff remains at 50 percent of normal.

The rainfall we received last month was in the top 10 for the most those sub-basins have received in October, but the cumulative amount we received for entire year in 2016, which plunged the basin into the drought, was one of the worst in the past 70 years.

In a sense, we’re comparing excellent rainfall in one month with a year of significant deficits.

Rainfall has improved in 2017. Thus far we’ve had six months with above average rain at each of the sub-basins, but the cumulative amount is still only about 4-5 inches more than average. (Compare this to the fact that in 2016 Hartwell experienced a 23-inch deficit on its 59-inch average.)

To overcome the extreme level of a rain deficit 2016 created, we’ll need many more October-like months.

And on that front, unfortunately, the outlook is questionable.

NOAA’s recent projection is for a La Niña winter, which gives the Southeast an above average chance for being warmer and drier than average. That’s not to say we won’t recover, it’s just that one of the conditions (ocean temperature) doesn’t favor that outcome.

Rest assured, recovery from the drought is inevitable. For now, it’s just a matter of time.

~Jeremy S. Buddemeier, Corporate Communications Office

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Corps uses grass-eating carp to tame hydrilla at Thurmond

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will begin stocking sterile triploid grass carp to reduce the abundance of hydrilla in the J. Strom Thurmond Lake Oct. 25 and will run through Nov. 15. Continue reading

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Thurmond Lake’s pet (rock) project

A volunteer paints a “safety rock” as part of Thurmond Lake’s National Public Lands Day event, Sept. 30. The rocks are being placed around Thurmond’s public areas for visitors to find and share on social media.

SAVANNAH, Ga. – If you haven’t been living under one, you may have noticed some brightly colored rocks around your town lately.

The rocks are part of a recent phenomenon in many cities with a common goal: Brightening another person’s day through small painted, randomly placed rocks. Continue reading

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Out & about with the LHA

Stan Simpson, water manager with Savannah District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, discusses the 2016 drought with members of the Lake Hartwell Association, Oct. 14.

The Lake Hartwell Association invited us to attend their annual meeting Saturday, Oct. 14, and we had the privilege of delivering a presentation. Continue reading

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Fall is prime time for camping in Ga., S.C.

**Updated Oct. 13 to reflect user comments (Thanks, Georgette Thompson!)**

As recreation season winds down, fall is here, er … mostly, so it’s a perfect time to make plans and get the family together to enjoy the cooler weather.

Though most of the campgrounds around our reservoirs have closed for the season, here are a few ideas for enjoying the fall and winter. Continue reading

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Closing the book on Irma

Like many folks throughout the Caribbean and southeastern U.S., I’m ready to put Hurricane Irma behind me. Continue reading

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Why Irma rainfall had marginal effects on levels: inflows remain below average

Many basin stakeholders have expressed interest in why reservoir levels didn’t respond better to the Hurricane Irma rainfall received on Sept. 11 and 12. Continue reading

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Irma expected to improve drought conditions in upper basin

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District said today that the Hartwell, Russell, and Thurmond Reservoirs are equipped and able to safely capture forecasted rainfall from Hurricane Irma. Continue reading

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