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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Tagged Army Corps of Engineers, Hartwell Dam, Hartwell Lake, J. Strom Thurmond Lake, rainfall, Richard B. Russell Lake, Russell Dam, Savannah District, Savannah River Basin, Thurmond Dam, Thurmond Lake, US Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District, water resources outlook
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
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
The graph shows Lake Hartwell’s projected levels through April. The basin recently entered Drought Level I after rainfall pushed lake levels two feet above Drought Level 2.
Lake lovers got their Valentine’s Day gift last week from Mother Nature as Lake Hartwell pushed past its February rainfall average and the Savannah River Basin finally entered Drought Level 1. Continue reading
Posted in Declaration/Projection, Rainfall Update
Tagged Army Corps of Engineers, drought, guide curve, Hartwell Lake, J. Strom Thurmond Lake, rainfall, rainfall update, Russell Lake, Savannah District, Thurmond Lake, US Army Corps of Engineers, USACE
The New Savannah Bluff Lock & Dam, looking downriver.
(Editor’s Note: This post, written by Savannah District Commander Col. Marvin Griffin, was published in the Augusta Chronicle Feb. 10.)
The fate of the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam has become a topic widely discussed in the past year. The issues surrounding the lock and dam are complex and deeply rooted in the past. Continue reading
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District harvested 7,500 bushels of pine cones at Fort Stewart in fiscal year 2017, generating about $80,000 in revenue. USACE photo by Rashida Banks.
There’s a saying that money doesn’t grow on trees, but foresters at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Forestry Resources Office at Fort Stewart, Georgia, may beg to differ. They generate thousands of dollars every year from something that grows on trees – pine cones. Continue reading
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Tagged Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Stewart, J. Strom Thurmond Lake, Lake Thurmond, pine cones, pine straw, Savannah District, Thurmond Dam, Thurmond Lake, timber sales, US Army Corps of Engineers, US Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District, USACE
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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Tagged Army Corps of Engineers, dissolved oxygen, dissolved oxygen injection system, DO, Savannah District, Savannah Harbor Expansion Project, Savannah River Basin, SHEP, SHEP update, time lapse, US Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District
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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Tagged Army Corps of Engineers, Back River, DeMoya / Continental Joint Venture, Erik Blechinger, Hutchinson Island, neo-Panamax, Savannah District, Savannah Harbor Expansion Project, Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, Savannah River, SHEP, Spencer Davis, Tide gate, US Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District
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
Posted in Drought in the News, Rainfall Update, WRO
Tagged annual rainfall, Army Corps of Engineers, average annual rain, drought, Hartwell Lake, J. Strom Thurmond Lake, Lake Hartwell, lake levels, rainfall, rainfall update, Richard B. Russell Lake, Russell Lake, Savannah District, Savannah River Basin, Thurmond Dam, Thurmond Lake, US Army Corps of Engineers
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