Hartwell Dam will test gates next week

Bottom line up front: The water released during this routine gate test will amount to a decrease in lake level by one-tenth of one inch, which is equivalent to the thickness of 25 sheets of paper.

SAVANNAH, Ga. – On June 19 the Corps of Engineers will conduct a required test of the spillway gates at Hartwell Dam on the upper Savannah River. Continue reading

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Savannah District to get a new commander Friday

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Col. Daniel H. Hibner will take command of the Savannah District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, from Col. Marvin L. Griffin, in a formal ceremony at 10 a.m., June 8.

Brig. Gen. Diana M. Holland, commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ South Atlantic Division, will officiate at the formal change-of-command ceremony in the Oglethorpe Auditorium of the International Trade and Convention Center on Hutchinson Island.

Hibner comes to the Savannah District from U.S. Central Command Headquarters at MacDill Air Force Base, in Tampa, Florida. There he served as the Levant Branch Chief in the Plans and Policy Directorate working on issues covering portions of Syria and Iraq.
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Stay safe this weekend

Heading into the busy Memorial Day weekend, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, along with the U.S. Coast Guard, would like to remind everyone to stay safe by wearing a life jacket whenever you’re in and around the water.

As part of National Safe Boating Week, boaters and those planning to enjoy the outdoors near water can take a quick, three-question quiz to determine the best life jacket options for themselves and their family members, including the four-legged ones.

Click here to take the quiz and be safe out there!

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New webpage on lock and dam fish passage now live

Nick Russ, a powerplant electrician for the U.S. Corps of Engineers Savannah District, assists in performing an inspection on one of the concrete piers of the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam. Photo by Scott Hyatt

Nick Ruff, a power plant electrician for the U.S. Corps of Engineers Savannah District, assists in performing an inspection on one of the concrete piers of the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam, May 14, 2014. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo by Scott Hyatt

If you’re interested in our plans for a fish passage near Augusta, Georgia, this post is for you.

We launched a webpage today on the future of the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam, and the process to get there. The page includes information on the status of the old lock and dam, its connection to the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project, and its requirement to mitigate for endangered fish.

District engineers continue to work on a number of possible alternatives to meet the intent of Congress as expressed in the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act. The recommended alternative will enable endangered sturgeon to pass upstream and make provisions to secure the pool for recreation and water supply to industry. Continue reading

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April’s showers bring May’s … full pools

Reservoir levels for Hartwell May 2016-Present.

After a mediocre March, April’s showers emphatically raised the Savannah River Basin reservoirs back to full pool.

As of today, Hartwell and Thurmond are hovering at full pool, while Russell is less than half a foot below. The last time the reservoirs sat at full pool was almost exactly two years ago. (You can follow the abysmal journey on the graph above.) Continue reading

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Tybee Island gets renourished

On Friday, contractors with Great Lakes Dock and Dredging Company wrapped up a $4.3 million beach renourishment project on Tybee Island.

The two-week project delivered approximately 250,000 cubic yards of sand to Tybee’s North Beach between Third and Gulick streets, according to Burt Moore, chief of dredging, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District.

Tybee Island normally receives beach renourishment every seven years but federal funding became available as a result of damage and erosion wrought by Hurricane Matthew in 2016.

For more photos of the renourishment project, visit our Flickr site.

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The great outdoors is calling

Although the temperatures have been capricious to say the least in the past few weeks, now is the time to get outside. Continue reading

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Climatologists: Spring & summer could be warmer, drier than average

Experts from the Southeastern River Forecast Center released their Water Resources Outlook this week and it doesn’t exactly paint a rosy picture for the Savannah River Basin this summer. Continue reading

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Stepping into spring

The graph shows the monthly observed versus average rainfall for Hartwell Reservoir. Russell and Thurmond experienced similar “step-like” increases in rainfall since November 2017.

SAVANNAH, Ga. – For those watching the Savannah River Basin, last month’s precipitation was another step in the right direction. (Indeed, the data from the last few months seems to resemble a set of stairs, too.) Continue reading

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Corps completes deepening of Savannah harbor’s entrance channel

The Padre Island, a hopper dredge, shown filling its hopper with dredged material.

SAVANNAH, Ga. – In case you missed it, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District, marked the end of deepening of the outer Savannah harbor last week. Only final touches remain in this $134 million project to deepen the entrance channel of the harbor and extend it an additional 7 miles into the Atlantic Ocean. Continue reading

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