SHEP roars into 2018

As cold weather gripped the nation and temporarily stalled work in cities across the South in the new year, the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project continued to check items off its to-do list. Continue reading

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Tide gate removal pushes SHEP closer to completion

The tide gate structure in 2016 (above) and in December 2017 following its removal.

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The removal of a 1970s-era structure from the Savannah River’s Back River marks another major milestone in the deepening of the nation’s fourth busiest container port. It also returns the Back River to its natural width to enhance the area for fish habitat. Continue reading

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Year-end rainfall wrap-up

Annual rainfall for the Hartwell sub-basin in 2017. Six months out of the year experienced above average rainfall but the cumulative amount was still 2.2 inches below the annual average.

As 2017 came to a close, the Savannah River Basin seemed much like folks looking back at the year that was: It definitely has been worse, but still could have been better. Continue reading

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Basin takes a break from drought recovery

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The momentum the Savannah River Basin had been building in 2017 came to an abrupt halt last month when the sub-basins registered abysmal levels of rainfall. Continue reading

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Last phase of outer harbor deepening begins

Contractors recently resumed operations in the outer channel. Up to five dredges will work in 24-hour shifts to complete this section of the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP).

SAVANNAH, Ga. – A massive dredging effort began Dec. 1 to push through the final phase of the outer channel deepening for the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project, commonly called SHEP. Continue reading

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Corps app is down but not out

Users may have gotten this error message recently while trying to access Savannah Corps’ lake level app. We’re working to update it.

For those who’ve upgraded their iPhones to iOS11, you’ve probably noticed our app has been inaccessible for a while. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Once we learned our app required recoding to work on iOS11, we figured a standard update (a day’s work) would get the job done.

It turns out Apple’s new operating system was quite an overhaul (if your I’s have been auto correcting to A?s, you know exactly what we’re talking about), and we also ran into some complications with our Apple license and certificates.

We do believe we’ve nailed down all the issues, and we’ve resubmitted (for the third time) the final update to Apple. Apple customer service said it could be another seven days before the update is available.

So we’re not there yet, but we’re closer to the goal. We thank you for your patience as we work through this issue.

~ Russell Wicke, Corporate Communications Office

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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. Continue reading

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No tricks, October rainfall was a treat

Though not normally known as a rainy month, October brought some much-needed precipitation to the basin. Hartwell and Russell registered 7.7 and 5.7 inches compared to their 4.1- and 3.2-inch averages, respectively. Continue reading

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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. Continue reading

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Thurmond Lake’s pet (rock) project

A volunteer paints a “safety rock” as part of Thurmond Lake’s National Public Lands Day event, Sept. 30. The rocks are being placed around Thurmond’s public areas for visitors to find and share on social media.

SAVANNAH, Ga. – If you haven’t been living under one, you may have noticed some brightly colored rocks around your town lately.

The rocks are part of a recent phenomenon in many cities with a common goal: Brightening another person’s day through small painted, randomly placed rocks. Continue reading

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