Category Archives: Recreation

Engineers assess New Savannah Bluff Lock & Dam with an eye for proposed fish passage

SAVANNAH, Ga. – As contractors continue to move forward on four of SHEP’s environmental mitigation projects, a small team made headway on another front — the proposed fish passage – near Augusta this week.

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Rain continues to miss sub-basins in October

If October’s precipitation were words, this page would be blank. Last week Halloween came and went and the sub-basins tallied little more than a third of an inch for the month combined.

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J. Strom Thurmond Dam, then and now

Eight years in the making, the J. Strom Thurmond Dam was a monumental task for engineers and construction workers in the 1940s and ‘50s. Archival footage in this video shows the steps they took to layer power plant fixtures as … Continue reading

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Richard B. Russell – not your average hydropower plant

(A version of this article originally appeared on this blog May 29, 2013.) The youngest of Savannah District’s three multipurpose dam and lake projects, Richard B. Russell Dam differs from Hartwell and Thurmond, not just size and appearance, but also … Continue reading

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The ‘other’ outflows

Summer officially arrived this week and as the temperatures rise, consider that the routine releases from our dams which send water downstream aren’t the only factors that contribute to reservoir levels. Two invisible processes, evaporation and transpiration, account for a substantial amount of … Continue reading

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Gentle Reader: Staring at crystal balls can injure your eyesight

Judith Martin, aka Miss Manners, starts her responses to readers’ questions with “Gentle Reader,” then dispenses the correct way polite people interact. I won’t pretend to be so genteel, although I do claim to be a Texas gentleman. Today’s post … Continue reading

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Hunter’s game dampened by stormy opponent

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Like a game of chess, the players lie in wait to outsmart their opponent’s next move. But on a morning besieged by rain, the turkeys had nature’s advantage.

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Irrigation prohibition suspended until further notice

In response to a high volume of stakeholder feedback, as well as input from adjacent landowners in a recent meeting, officials from the Corps’ South Atlantic Division (SAD) have announced suspension of the new policy change prohibiting minor water withdrawals … Continue reading

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Corps responds to shoreline management concerns

As we expected, the original post last week generated significant attention here on the blog and through email directed to our office. Five issues seemed to stand out which I will address.

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Changes affect shoreline uses at Hartwell, Thurmond

Often laws and regulations go into effect at the beginning of a new year. The Savannah District started three more this Jan. 1. All deal with shoreline management at Corps of Engineers’ reservoirs on the Savannah River. Two stirred little … Continue reading

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