Tag Archives: flood control

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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April brings above-average rainfall throughout Savannah River Basin

For the first month since December, the Savannah River reservoirs recorded above-average rainfall in April. The Hartwell sub-basin received 112 percent of normal rainfall for April; Russell got 124 percent of normal, and Thurmond ranked the highest with 125 percent … Continue reading

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VIDEO: The “balance” of flood control

Many stakeholders have expressed an interest in why the Hartwell and Thurmond reservoirs have been out of balance over the last couple months. The answer lies in our flood control operations. Our Corporate Communications Officer Russell Wicke explains the process … Continue reading

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December rainfall puts basin into flood storage; sets record for Thurmond

This December, the Savannah River Basin received above-average rainfall at all three Corps of Engineers reservoirs. Excess rainfall filled the reservoirs past their “summer full pool” levels and into a portion of their flood storage space. A new record was … Continue reading

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Corps, states, Nature Conservancy kick-off 2nd interim of Comprehensive Study

We are pleased to announce the long-awaited second portion of the Savannah River Basin Comprehensive Study has officially begun. During a bi-state water caucus meeting at Hartwell Lake Sept. 18, officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District, … Continue reading

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July 2013 sets new rainfall records, sees reservoirs jump

By Billy Birdwell, Public Affairs Specialist Wow! What an exciting month we just had in the Savannah River basin! Last month set the July record for rainfall at all three reservoirs. Hartwell Lake received 13.37 inches, Russell Lake received 9.97 … Continue reading

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Weekly Declaration and Projection 7/31/2013

Since our Water Manager’s page was taken down for repair at the end of June we have been posting the weekly Savannah River System Declaration, and the 10-week projection here on Balancing the Basin. The declaration provides details on the … Continue reading

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Weekly Declaration and Projection 7/24/2013

This week’s declaration and 10-week projection can be seen via the links at the bottom of this post. The declaration demonstrates the process of returning water releases to normal as reservoir levels descend to near full pool. The weather forecast … Continue reading

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An upstream perspective on water management and conservation

Editor’s note: This post is guest-authored by Herb Burnham, Lake Hartwell Association Executive Director. In this post, he provides a perspective on the importance of adaptive water management and communal efforts in water conservation.  In just the first few days … Continue reading

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VIDEO: Q&A with Corps hydrologist on current basin status

When do we expect the lake levels to return to normal? What will happen to the lakes if we continue to receive more rain? What effect did the spillway gate tests have on lake levels? Get the answers to these … Continue reading

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