Tag Archives: Russell Dam

Irrigation prohibition suspended until further notice

In response to a high volume of stakeholder feedback, as well as input from adjacent landowners in a recent meeting, officials from the Corps’ South Atlantic Division (SAD) have announced suspension of the new policy change prohibiting minor water withdrawals … Continue reading

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When it comes to rainfall, 5 feet is no small feat

The Savannah River Basin rang in the new year with a bang, but instead of watching the ball (or peach) drop, it basked in the El Niño-inspired, recording-breaking precipitation. Thurmond led all revelers with its 11.1 inches in December, which … Continue reading

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Corps responds to shoreline management concerns

As we expected, the original post last week generated significant attention here on the blog and through email directed to our office. Five issues seemed to stand out which I will address.

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2015 – it’s a rap

It’s the end of the year, halls decked with cheer So it’s time to look back for the Corps of Engineers Projects so vast too much to count but here’s a quick bit for what we’re all about

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Local weather systems in tune with fiscal calendar

The Savannah River Basin sputtered its way through September but somehow still landed close to par. This feat seems even more astonishing – if watching rain gauges can be considered astonishing – when you consider the entire basin collected more … 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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Updates on the Savannah River Basin Comprehensive and Flood Storage studies

Update on the Flood Storage Assessment In October 2013 we announced an initiative to assess our flood storage capacity to test the possibility of reducing our current flood storage allotment. More specifically, the study will provide information that will better … Continue reading

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For Thurmond Lake fish, D-O is a G-O

Recently we received this comment about dissolved oxygen and pumpback at the Russell Dam: “As I recall, the Russell project was initially accompanied by much debate over water quality and fish. Has the addition of underwater oxygen injection resolved the … Continue reading

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Russell Lake: Generating power while protecting other reservoirs’ levels

Earlier we asked readers to pose questions they would like us to address in Balancing the Basin. One reader asked why Richard B. Russell Lake varies little in its level and if it could be used to protect the levels … Continue reading

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The key to water management: Conservation Storage

We repeatedly use the term “water management” on this blog—but what exactly do we look at when we are “managing” the reservoirs? We have a number of tangible responsibilities related to managing reservoirs, but nearly all of them are centered … Continue reading

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