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March deficits contribute to persistent drought

Rainfall last month continued the trend over the last 15 months that’s caused the drought conditions we currently experience. This is especially disappointing since March is typically the wettest month of the year.

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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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Private reservoirs support Corps public ones

Editor’s note: This installment of a continuing series of articles explaining the operations of the Savannah River basin, looks at the support upstream, privately-owned reservoirs contribute to keeping the basin in balance. Savannah District officials often get asked why Lake … Continue reading

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February Rainfall Update: Icy weather increases run-off, rainfall below average

February brought an unusual mix of winter weather to the Savannah River Basin, with several instances of snow and ice accumulation in the Thurmond, Russell and Hartwell sub-basins. The widespread winter storm that swept through the area Feb. 11 – … Continue reading

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October Rainfall Update

October is typically the driest month of the year. This year was no exception. October marks the second month in a row we’ve experienced below-average precipitation. Hartwell received 1.6 inches for the month coming in 2.5 inches below average. Thurmond … Continue reading

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How do I find the weekly declaration and projection?

For the last three months, we have posted on this blog the weekly declaration and 10-week projection for the Savannah River reservoirs. We posted this information so stakeholders and the public would retain access while our water management website was … Continue reading

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August ranks second wettest month of 2013 at Hartwell

By Tracy Robillard, Public Affairs Specialist August was another wet month in the Savannah River basin, with above-average rainfall recorded at all three U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reservoirs. This August, the Hartwell sub-basin recorded 9.1 inches of rain, which … Continue reading

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March rainfall below average; but summer predictions improve

March is normally the wettest month of the year in the Savannah River Basin, but this year we experienced below-average rainfall in both the Hartwell and Thurmond sub-basins for the month. The Hartwell sub-basin recorded 78 percent of normal rainfall … Continue reading

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Evapotranspiration: The Oft-Forgotten Outflow

The hardship of drought gives cause for legitimate concern for all stakeholders in the Savannah River Basin, up and downstream. Drought’s resulting lower lake levels draw sharp attention to the one subject to blame for our disappearing water: outflows. For … Continue reading

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