Category Archives: From the Commander

Savannah District Commander: Our system is a magnificent design

By Col. Daniel Hibner, Savannah District Commander We are always grateful for an opportunity to explain how we operate the dams and reservoirs on the Savannah River. The Augusta Chronicle editorial staff has given us one such opportunity based on … Continue reading

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The fate of Augusta’s lock and dam (and some history)

(Editor’s Note: This post, written by Savannah District Commander Col. Marvin Griffin, was published in the Augusta Chronicle Feb. 10.) The fate of the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam has become a topic widely discussed in the past year. … Continue reading

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On watermelons and water levels

Summer in the Southeast means many things. Heat and humidity come to mind first, of course, but so do things like lazy Sunday afternoons, fishing trips, water skiing, firefly chasing and eating watermelon under a shade tree. In the upper … Continue reading

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Commander: Persistent, below normal rainfall expected to impact lake levels

Since I took command of the Savannah District in June 2015 we’ve been fortunate to have adequate, and sometimes abundant, rainfall and inflows to maintain full reservoir levels. Beginning in January we observed below-average rainfall throughout the basin, yet were … Continue reading

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Commander: An open letter on Savannah River Basin drought management

Editor’s Note: Since entering drought level 1 some stakeholders in the upper basin have written urging Savannah District leaders should take immediate and dramatic actions to preserve reservoir levels. Col. Thomas Tickner, the District Commander addresses these emails in this … Continue reading

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Commander: Savannah River Basin enters first drought level

By COL Thomas Tickner Savannah District Commander This past weekend Thurmond Reservoir levels dipped below 326 feet above mean sea level, which is the marker for our first drought trigger. This level indicates the Savannah River Basin (SRB) is in … Continue reading

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VIDEO: Commander sums up past 6 months, offers projection through summer

In this video Col. Thomas Tickner, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District commander, addresses Savannah River Basin stakeholders by summing up the past six months of rainfall and reservoir conditions. He also addresses current conditions and what stakeholders might … Continue reading

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Commander addresses current basin conditions

By Col. Thomas Tickner, Savannah District Commander Today, Thurmond is at guide curve and Hartwell remains slightly above guide curve. As many of you have observed, streamflows have been decreasing which is typical this time of year. Due to this … Continue reading

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Commander addresses winter drawdown this year

Our continuing efforts to refine our management of the basin have yielded some encouraging results. We secured $240,000 to perform a flood-storage assessment, which will reevaluate how much flood-storage is needed in the reservoirs. The study began this month and … Continue reading

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Video: New Commander discusses basin priorities

Last month we welcomed a new commander to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District, Col. Thomas J. Tickner. In his first few weeks as commander, he’s been getting to know the district inside out—including our management of the … Continue reading

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