Tag Archives: J. Strom Thurmond Lake

The good, the bad, and the possible

Lake lovers got their Valentine’s Day gift last week from Mother Nature as Lake Hartwell pushed past its February rainfall average and the Savannah River Basin finally entered Drought Level 1.

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Cones are a Corps cash cow

There’s a saying that money doesn’t grow on trees, but foresters at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Forestry Resources Office at Fort Stewart, Georgia, may beg to differ. They generate thousands of dollars every year from something that grows … Continue reading

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Year-end rainfall wrap-up

As 2017 came to a close, the Savannah River Basin seemed much like folks looking back at the year that was: It definitely has been worse, but still could have been better.

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Basin takes a break from drought recovery

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The momentum the Savannah River Basin had been building in 2017 came to an abrupt halt last month when the sub-basins registered abysmal levels of rainfall.

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Corps uses grass-eating carp to tame hydrilla at Thurmond

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will begin stocking sterile triploid grass carp to reduce the abundance of hydrilla in the J. Strom Thurmond Lake Oct. 25 and will run through Nov. 15.

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Thurmond Lake’s pet (rock) project

SAVANNAH, Ga. – If you haven’t been living under one, you may have noticed some brightly colored rocks around your town lately. The rocks are part of a recent phenomenon in many cities with a common goal: Brightening another person’s … Continue reading

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Next stop: Lake Hartwell, June 26

SAVANNAH, Ga. – We’re hitting the road next week, heading to Lake Hartwell for a workshop on water management and water levels. The three-hour event will be held at the North Georgia Technical College, Currahee campus, in Toccoa, Georgia. Doors … Continue reading

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Play it safe around water this summer

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Before you head out for a day on or near the water, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Savannah District encourages you to ensure you have life jackets for everyone and that you wear them. Last … Continue reading

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The rains return

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Although it didn’t feel like a wet month, April delivered some much-needed, above average rainfall to a drought-ridden Savannah River Basin.

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Drought flow rates changed in February: here’s why

Many of our stakeholders have asked why outflow at Thurmond Dam recently increased from 3,600 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 4,000 cfs. Let me answer those questions and perhaps shed some light on our operational process. First some background: … Continue reading

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