Tag Archives: Lake Russell

On groundhogs and water levels: What will reservoirs look like on Memorial Day?

February has arrived and Groundhog Day has come-and-gone. So this makes me a little late in giving my annual prediction on how the three Corps of Engineers’ Savannah River reservoirs will begin the 2015 tourist season. Now whether my prognostication … Continue reading

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Plant Vogtle water permit follows current basin water manual

Over the past several months the occasional fan of Balancing the Basin has voiced concern about the expansion of Plant Vogtle on the Savannah River. Most of the concern focused on the increased water needs (and impacts on reservoir levels) … Continue reading

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2014 rainfall just shy of average, December ranks above average

Observed rainfall in the upper basin recorded deficits in 2014 for all three sub-basins with Hartwell’s deficit being most pronounced. However, for most of the year lake levels remained at or above average, making for a near-optimal year in water-related … Continue reading

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Hartwell overcomes dry season with above average rainfall, Thurmond, Russell near average

October marks the traditional dry season for the Savannah River Basin reflected by typical lower precipitation recorded at Thurmond and Russell sub-basins compared to other months in the year.

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Commander: An open letter on Savannah River Basin drought management

Editor’s Note: Since entering drought level 1 some stakeholders in the upper basin have written urging Savannah District leaders should take immediate and dramatic actions to preserve reservoir levels. Col. Thomas Tickner, the District Commander addresses these emails in this … Continue reading

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New operating agreement advances collaborative management of SRB water resources

Representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Southeastern Power Administration (SEPA), and Duke Energy signed a new operating agreement in Elberton, Georgia, Oct. 17 defining how water resources will be shared among the Duke Energy and Corps reservoirs … Continue reading

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September rainfall ranks above average at Thurmond, Russell; below average at Hartwell

The final observed rainfall totals for September ranked above average at Thurmond and Russell sub basins, and below average at Hartwell sub basin. Throughout September, the National Weather Service recorded rainfall on 24 days at Thurmond, 23 days at Hartwell, … Continue reading

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