Monthly Archives: March 2014

Oconee and Lincoln counties to take over select Corps park operations April 1

Back in November, we announced on this blog federal recreation budget cuts that would impact Corps-operated parks at Hartwell and Thurmond lakes. Since that announcement, our team has been actively pursuing leasing opportunities with local governments around the lake to … Continue reading

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A lot of dam training

What does it take to operate and maintain a dam? Technical aptitude, well-honed skills, teamwork—and a lot of dam training. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District provides a rigorous, four-year apprenticeship program that trains college students to work … Continue reading

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Forecasters call for a ‘normal’ rainfall season

About this time in 2013 I began spring by noting forecasters expected a dry summer with continual reductions in reservoir levels. Those predictions became laughable in July when we made only the second operational spillway release in the history of … Continue reading

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February Rainfall Update: Icy weather increases run-off, rainfall below average

February brought an unusual mix of winter weather to the Savannah River Basin, with several instances of snow and ice accumulation in the Thurmond, Russell and Hartwell sub-basins. The widespread winter storm that swept through the area Feb. 11 – … Continue reading

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