Monthly Archives: December 2013

December rainfall puts basin into flood storage; sets record for Thurmond

This December, the Savannah River Basin received above-average rainfall at all three Corps of Engineers reservoirs. Excess rainfall filled the reservoirs past their “summer full pool” levels and into a portion of their flood storage space. A new record was … Continue reading

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Some Thurmond Lake recreation areas closed due to high water levels

Due to recent heavy rainfall and a subsequent rise in lake elevation, several recreation areas at J. Strom Thurmond Lake are temporarily closed due to high water levels. Volunteers and Corps park rangers are actively assessing and flagging off recreation … Continue reading

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Turn your used Christmas tree into fish habitat at Hartwell & Thurmond lakes

If you purchased a natural Christmas tree this holiday season, consider recycling it at Hartwell or Thurmond lake. The fish will thank you. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is collecting used, natural Christmas trees (no artificial trees, please) to … Continue reading

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What’s the Corps doing about hydrilla at Thurmond Lake?

By Tracy Robillard, Public Affairs Specialist Chances are if you live near J. Strom Thurmond Lake, you’ve heard of hydrilla. It’s an invasive aquatic plant that has slowly expanded its reach along the lake’s shoreline since the mid-90s. Over the … Continue reading

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Guest post: Why saving the Savannah makes dollars and sense

Editor’s Note: This post was written for Balancing the Basin by Tonya Bonitatibus, Riverkeeper and Executive Director of the Savannah Riverkeeper, headquartered in Augusta, Ga. The Savannah Riverkeeper is a non-profit organization funded by individuals and foundations that share a … Continue reading

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November rainfall close to average

In the final days of November a welcome relief of rain fell throughout the upper basin, bringing rainfall for the month nearly to average for Hartwell, Russell and Thurmond. Hartwell received more than three inches Nov. 26 and 27, bringing … Continue reading

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