Basin takes a break from drought recovery

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The momentum the Savannah River Basin had been building in 2017 came to an abrupt halt last month when the sub-basins registered abysmal levels of rainfall.

November is typically the second driest month of the year for the basin (with October being the driest), but last month was dry even in relative terms.

Hartwell collected a mere 0.81 inches – the lowest for November since records have been kept (1948).

That is an excruciatingly small amount considering we’re still recovering from the drought and that Hartwell averages 4.52 inches in November.

Russell and Thurmond posted slightly better results with 1.27 and 1.34 inches on their 3.54- and 3.32-inch averages, respectively.

However, both were among the bottom 10 for worst monthly rainfall in November.

While we have received above average rain for six of the 11 months in 2017, we’re still working to overcome the deficit the most recent drought created.

The good news is that the rainy season is just around the corner and the rainfall we do get has a greater chance of translating into higher reservoir levels.

Bottom line: We still need rain.

In other, more positive news (and as some of our readers have already mentioned), our app is back up!

The app provides information on lake levels, rainfall, forecasts of stream flows and projected releases, not to mention a link to this blog. It’s available on Google Play and the App Store (Search using USACE Savannah).

~ Jeremy S. Buddemeier, Corporate Communications Office

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Last phase of outer harbor deepening begins

Contractors recently resumed operations in the outer channel. Up to five dredges will work in 24-hour shifts to complete this section of the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP).

SAVANNAH, Ga. – A massive dredging effort began Dec. 1 to push through the final phase of the outer channel deepening for the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project, commonly called SHEP. Continue reading

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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. Continue reading

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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. Continue reading

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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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