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Thurmond Lake Hydrilla Update

Last week we asked our readers for topics they would like us to cover on Balancing the Basin; and we received several questions about hydrilla at J. Strom Thurmond Lake. This post provides an update on the hydrilla issue and … Continue reading

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Nature Conservancy examines ecosystem flow needs for Comp. Study

Editor’s Note: This article is authored by Eric Krueger, director of science and stewardship with the Nature Conservancy South Carolina field office. Eric and his team are working on an ecosystem flow study that will be incorporated into the ongoing … Continue reading

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What’s the Corps doing about hydrilla at Thurmond Lake?

By Tracy Robillard, Public Affairs Specialist Chances are if you live near J. Strom Thurmond Lake, you’ve heard of hydrilla. It’s an invasive aquatic plant that has slowly expanded its reach along the lake’s shoreline since the mid-90s. Over the … Continue reading

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Basin enters fish spawning season

By Jamie Sykes, Fisheries Biologist, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District April 13 marked the official start of the fish spawning season in the Savannah River Basin. That means Savannah District water managers started adjusting water management actions to … 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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Low Flows from Thurmond Dam: A Downstream Perspective

Editor’s note: This post is guest authored by Dr. Will Duncan, Aquatic Ecologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Will works on in-stream flow and habitat issues in the southeastern United States. In this post, he provides perspective on … 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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Hydropower and Trout – A Winning Combination

Improved water quality means better fishing – especially in the tailwaters just below Hartwell Dam. With a modification to its turbines inside the dam, the Corps of Engineers turned the area just below the dam into a trout haven. Like … Continue reading

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