Tag Archives: Environmental Assessment

Wetland acquisition advances SHEP progress

The Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP) continues to make progress, most recently demonstrated by the completion of another environmental mitigation requirement.

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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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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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Community feedback helps keep us on track

We started Balancing the Basin nearly four years ago to establish communication with you, our readers and stakeholders, and to relay relevant information on projects and operations along the Savannah River Basin. In that span we’ve covered topics ranging from … Continue reading

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SHEP and the Savannah River – a Wrap-up

Editor’s note: Beginning in July 2013 this blog has posted a series of stories on the environmental monitoring of the Savannah River as part of the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP). The monitoring program continues and some will be expanded … Continue reading

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Freshwater storage impoundment mitigates increased chlorides in Abercorn Creek

Editors Note: This is the sixth in a series of articles to explain environmental monitoring efforts associated with the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP). This series will focus on the various monitoring activities that must take place as construction begins. … Continue reading

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Corps water manager gives update on basin comprehensive study

In this video, Stan Simpson, a water manager with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District, answers frequently asked questions about the Savannah River Basin Comprehensive Study. The Corps, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, South Carolina Department of … Continue reading

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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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How the Broad River influences outflows

By Tracy Robillard, Public Affairs Specialist When the Corps of Engineers updated the Savannah River Basin drought plan in August 2012, we added a new indicator for determining drought levels: stream flow at the Broad River. The Broad River is … Continue reading

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Why our requests for lower flows were rejected

Recently the Savannah District sought approval from state and federal agencies to deviate from the current drought plan by keeping outflows at 3,800 cubic feet per second (cfs) until the reservoirs refill to the top of their full summer pools. … Continue reading

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