Monthly Archives: May 2013

Update: Thurmond releases set for 3,800 cfs

By Billy Birdwell, Senior Public Affairs Specialist More good news for the basin: Not only have the Savannah River Basin reservoirs refilled, but so have other reservoirs in the Southeast. Part of our operations include coordinating our release amounts with our division … Continue reading

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The purpose of Russell Lake and how it’s different

By Rashida Banks, Public Affairs Specialist The last built of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers three multipurpose dam and lake projects, Richard B. Russell was designed to support hydropower, recreation, water supply, flood control, and fish and wildlife conservation. … Continue reading

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Your first line of defense this Memorial Day: A life jacket

Commentary by Sandra Hudson, Public Affairs Specialist Every day on the job, I learn something new about who we are, what we do and the people who make it all happen. Sometimes I still find myself occasionally standing wide-eyed and … Continue reading

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Commander responds to stakeholder claims on basin management

By Col. Jeff Hall, Savannah District Commander Editor’s note: This week Col. Hall received an email from a Lake Hartwell stakeholder which expressed frustration with how the Corps manages the Savannah River Basin. The grievances in this letter indicated its author held common misunderstandings of our … Continue reading

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The facts about the proposed fish passage at the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam

By Tracy Robillard, Public Affairs Specialist We received questions from upper basin stakeholders about the planned fish passage at the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam as part of the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP). We’ve also heard there is … Continue reading

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Update: Drought operations end on Savannah River reservoirs

By Billy Birdwell, Public Affairs Specialist We recently posted on Balancing the Basin that the system entered drought level 1; however, just two days later, the basin has climbed out of drought status all together. As the three reservoirs operated by the U.S. Army … Continue reading

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April rainfall brings basin into drought level 1

By Tracy Robillard, Public Affairs Specialist Thanks to above-average rainfall in both the Hartwell and Thurmond sub-basins during the month of April, coupled with consistent rainfall during the winter months, the Savannah River Basin has climbed into drought level 1 … Continue reading

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Corps to host 25th Annual Kid’s Fishing Derby May 11 at Russell Lake

By Tracy Robillard, Public Affairs Specialist This Saturday (May 11), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will host the 25th Annual Kid’s Fishing Derby at Richard B. Russell Lake. The derby will take place at the Calhoun Falls Bank Fishing Area, … Continue reading

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How the Broad River influences outflows

By Tracy Robillard, Public Affairs Specialist When the Corps of Engineers updated the Savannah River Basin drought plan in August 2012, we added a new indicator for determining drought levels: stream flow at the Broad River. The Broad River is … Continue reading

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