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Commander responds to stakeholder claims on basin management

By Col. Jeff Hall, Savannah District Commander Editor’s note: This week Col. Hall received an email from a Lake Hartwell stakeholder which expressed frustration with how the Corps manages the Savannah River Basin. The grievances in this letter indicated its author held common misunderstandings of our … Continue reading

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Update: Drought operations end on Savannah River reservoirs

By Billy Birdwell, Public Affairs Specialist We recently posted on Balancing the Basin that the system entered drought level 1; however, just two days later, the basin has climbed out of drought status all together. As the three reservoirs operated by the U.S. Army … Continue reading

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Video: District Commander Explains Basin Priorities

We launched this blog in January 2013 to provide you with more timely information about the Savannah River Basin and the ongoing drought. We also chose this platform to spur two-way communication and open up a dialogue for your questions … Continue reading

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Video: Minimum outflows vary by season

This is the time of year when we must begin the transition from a wintertime flow rate of 3,100 cfs (cubic feet per second) to the standard minimum-allowed flow rate of 3,800 cfs or 4,000 cfs (depending on the Broad … Continue reading

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Reasons why 2,800 cfs proposal was unsupported

By Col. Jeff Hall USACE Savannah District Commander Recently we sought to reduce the Savannah River basin reservoirs below the current 3,100 cubic feet per second (cfs) discharge rate. We suggested to state and federal resource agencies this would give … Continue reading

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Commander’s Message: Persistent rain deficit triggers pool-balancing shift

From the Commander: In October I had the opportunity to hold drought workshops for both J. Strom Thurmond Lake and Hartwell Lake to discuss management of the basin and the sustained drought conditions. I’d like to express my gratitude to … Continue reading

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Commander’s Message – Summer 2012

The Savannah District has received many e-mails from residents of the Hartwell and Thurmond communities expressing their concerns about the current state of the reservoirs. Some have asked us to make radical changes to the release rates from the Savannah … Continue reading

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Commander’s Message – February 2012

To our communities, residents and stakeholders of the Savannah River Basin: As we progress through 2012, the Corps of Engineers Savannah District team continues to work diligently on various projects at Hartwell, Richard B. Russell and J. Strom Thurmond. Our … Continue reading

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Second drought trigger level reduces water discharges

From the Commander: We announced last week that the three reservoirs on the Savannah River reached the second drought trigger level. This means we took immediate action to reduce water discharges from the reservoir system. As discussed previously with you … Continue reading

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Balancing Water Needs for All

From the Commander: We’ve initiated our Drought Management Plan because our reservoirs on the Upper Savannah Basin have reached the first drought trigger level. This means we immediately reduced water discharges from the reservoirs. I urge you to use extra … Continue reading

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