Category Archives: Water Quality/Water Supply

Following the water

In this five-minute video, Waterpedia follows your water’s path from the Savannah River through the treatment process and eventually to your tap.

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Corps uses grass-eating carp to tame hydrilla at Thurmond

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will begin stocking sterile triploid grass carp to reduce the abundance of hydrilla in the J. Strom Thurmond Lake Oct. 25 and will run through Nov. 15.

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Drought continues to dominate Southeast

The rain gauges throughout much of the Southeast have been parched … or in some cases flooded, depending on which side of the region you focus on. This month’s Water Resources Outlook by NOAA’s Southeast River Forecast Center focuses primarily … Continue reading

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SHEP’s water impoundment nearly 30% complete

Now almost 30 percent complete, the raw-water storage impoundment dike walls are currently four feet above ground level. With a circumference of two-thirds of a mile, they will be 29 feet high, encircle 17 acres and hold 97 million gallons … Continue reading

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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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Upper Savannah reservoirs enter Drought Level 1

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The three reservoirs on the Savannah River operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers entered the first drought level today when pool elevation at Thurmond Lake dipped below 326 feet above mean sea level (ft-msl). Entering … 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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Listening to the pulse of the Savannah River

A soft breeze rustled the marsh grasses as James “Jim” Rothnie carefully placed a fresh canvas on his easel. Morning light sparkled on the waters of the ACE Basin nearby. Quietly, he crept closer to the dozen lounging birds, their … Continue reading

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Corps awards $40.2M contract to build raw water storage for Savannah harbor expansion

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Construction should begin by this summer on a $40.2 million, raw water storage impoundment for the City of Savannah as part of environmental mitigation for the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah … Continue reading

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