Tag Archives: Russell Dam

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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Gate repairs underway at Thurmond & Russell dams

As temperatures rise so does interest in water activities and therefore, interest in reservoir levels along the upper Savannah River basin. One of the factors impacting water levels at Thurmond Lake and Russell Lake is an on-going effort to repair … Continue reading

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A lot of dam training

What does it take to operate and maintain a dam? Technical aptitude, well-honed skills, teamwork—and a lot of dam training. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District provides a rigorous, four-year apprenticeship program that trains college students to work … Continue reading

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Dams safe and sound following earthquakes

If you felt the ground shake this past weekend, you’re not alone. Many people throughout the Savannah River Basin (and beyond) reported tremors during two earthquakes Feb. 14 and Feb. 16. But rest assured, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers … 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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Weekly Declaration – Outflows holding steady at Hartwell, Russell & Thurmond

Today water managers released the weekly declaration and 10-week projection for the Savannah River reservoirs, calling for next week’s outflows to remain at similar levels compared to last week. Starting Saturday Oct. 12, the daily average outflow rate at the … Continue reading

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Weekly Declaration: Corps to target lowest outflow at Hartwell since May

Today water managers with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released the weekly declaration and 10-week projection for the Savannah River reservoirs. Our declaration targets lower outflows next week at the Hartwell Dam at a daily average rate of 3,120 … Continue reading

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