Category Archives: From the Commander

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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Video: District Commander Explains Basin Priorities

We launched this blog in January 2013 to provide you with more timely information about the Savannah River Basin and the ongoing drought. We also chose this platform to spur two-way communication and open up a dialogue for your questions … Continue reading

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Video: Minimum outflows vary by season

This is the time of year when we must begin the transition from a wintertime flow rate of 3,100 cfs (cubic feet per second) to the standard minimum-allowed flow rate of 3,800 cfs or 4,000 cfs (depending on the Broad … Continue reading

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Video: Basin Operates on Current Drought Plan

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District continues to monitor the ongoing drought in the Savannah River Basin. This includes constant coordination among state and federal resource agencies. District Commander Col. Jeff Hall addresses the need to balance outflows during … Continue reading

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Reasons why 2,800 cfs proposal was unsupported

By Col. Jeff Hall USACE Savannah District Commander Recently we sought to reduce the Savannah River basin reservoirs below the current 3,100 cubic feet per second (cfs) discharge rate. We suggested to state and federal resource agencies this would give … Continue reading

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Drought Update: December rainfall above average, basin remains in drought

By Col. Jeff Hall USACE Savannah District Commander  The Savannah River Basin experienced some relief in December with above-average rainfall. Although much of the rainfall went to recharging the dry ground, some also turned into runoff that raised lake levels … Continue reading

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Commander’s Message: Persistent rain deficit triggers pool-balancing shift

From the Commander: In October I had the opportunity to hold drought workshops for both J. Strom Thurmond Lake and Hartwell Lake to discuss management of the basin and the sustained drought conditions. I’d like to express my gratitude to … Continue reading

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Corps completes environmental assessment

From the Commander: Since we released the draft Interim Drought Plan Environmental Assessment (EA) in April, our team reviewed more than 100 emails and letters with public comments and worked closely with state and federal natural resource agencies to reach … Continue reading

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Commander’s Message – Summer 2012

The Savannah District has received many e-mails from residents of the Hartwell and Thurmond communities expressing their concerns about the current state of the reservoirs. Some have asked us to make radical changes to the release rates from the Savannah … Continue reading

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Commander’s Perspective – Spring 2012 in the Savannah River Basin

In the last edition of Balancing the Basin, I mentioned that the Savannah District was working on a draft Environmental Assessment known as an “Interim Drought Plan EA” that would evaluate minor adjustments to the 2006 Drought Contingency Plan. We … Continue reading

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