Tag Archives: flood storage

Why do we need a study on the winter drawdown?

We often hear people suggest the Corps should limit the amount of winter-draw down to 2 feet instead of four. They point out that when Thurmond Dam and Lake were built, a 4-foot winter drawdown was established to make room … 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 7/24/2013

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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VIDEO: Crowds gather to view spillway spectacles

Last week the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers conducted required safety tests of the spillway gates at the Hartwell, Russell and Thurmond dams. We are pleased to announce that the tests were a success. Our dam safety experts identified no … Continue reading

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Weekly Declaration & Projection 07/17/2013

Every Wednesday water managers with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District issue a new water declaration and 10-week projection for the Savannah River dams and reservoirs. The new declaration issued July 17 calls for outflows at the Hartwell … Continue reading

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Continuing rains lead to increased outflows from Savannah River reservoirs

By Billy Birdwell Following extensive rain in the upper Savannah River basin and more forecasted, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began releasing increased outflows from Hartwell, Richard B. Russell and J. Strom Thurmond lakes on July 8. Inflows from the recent … Continue reading

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Declaration Change: Outflows to spike at Thurmond

By Tracy Robillard, Public Affairs Specialist Due to recent rainfall and high inflows from Tropical Storm Andrea, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will increase outflows at the Thurmond Dam to 20,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) by Monday, June … Continue reading

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