Flowers or not, April’s rain still welcome

The Savannah River Basin continued its march toward summer with stable, (mostly) above average rainfall in April.

Hartwell kicked it up a notch, collecting a solid 6.2 inches compared to its 4.6-inch average.

After running rainfall deficits for the past two months, Thurmond just beat its 3.6-inch average when it received 3.9 inches.

The middle child, Russell, came up short by one-half inch with 3.1 inches versus its 3.6-inch average for April.

The good news for all these April showers is they kept the basin on solid footing as the recreation season gears up.

Some stakeholders may have noticed the remainder of our campgrounds and day-use areas opened this week.

As the temperatures rise, plants will pull more water from the soil and more water will evaporate from the reservoirs, which have been sitting at or above full pool (with the exception of Thurmond, which is still undergoing maintenance).

Spawning season is also scheduled to wrap up this month so it looks like we’ll be back on track for a “normal” full-filled summer in no time.

~ Jeremy S. Buddemeier, Corporate Communications Office

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Children brighten up the workplace

The 30 children who took part in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District’s National Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Day event, April 25, 2019, pose in the lobby in their best engineer stance.

Savannah District hosted 30 children as part of National Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, April 25.

TODS Day is celebrated annually on the fourth Thursday of April, and according to the TODS foundation website, is an effort to empower young people to effect positive change within their communities, schools and homes.

The day is something the staff at the Savannah District takes great pleasure in sharing with the children according to Sam Robinson, Savannah District equal employment specialist.

(Watch a video of children at Savannah District’s TODS here.)

“I plan on having this smile on my face all day … you know why? Having all of you here today brings me so much joy,” said Robinson.

During their day at the Savannah District children got hands-on experience with projects like building towers out of straws, the effect people have on our wetlands and water safety.

“It’s fun interacting with the kids and teaching them about the right way to do things and mentoring them to see what areas they might want to go into,” said Jason Whittaker, Savannah District structural engineering chief.

Jalaia Ross, 12, whose mother is a contract specialist with the Corps, looked forward to attending the event.

“I was super excited to come here. I learned that there are multiple jobs here when I thought there was just one,” she said.

At the end of the day there were still smiles all around.

“I am happy and I still have a smile on my face because all of you have a smile on your face,” said Robinson.

~ Jonathan Bell, Corporate Communications Office

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Accounting for the basin’s smallest stakeholders

For much of the year, we concentrate on stakeholders living on or around our three reservoirs along the Savannah River Basin.

However, for a short period each spring, our focus shifts to the residents in those reservoirs. Continue reading

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Commander welcomes Army’s Civil Works Secretary to Augusta

After landing The Hon. R. D. James (right), assistant secretary of the Army for civil works, is escorted off the flightline by Col. Daniel Hibner, Savannah District commander (center-left), Erik Blechinger (left), Savannah District deputy district engineer, and Alvin Lee, South Atlantic Division programs director.

Tuesday we were honored to welcome the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, The Honorable R. D. James to Augusta, Georgia, who visited to learn the details surrounding the future Fish Passage at the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam. Continue reading

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Winter’s momentum masks March’s mums

The Savannah River Basin has been posting some impressive stats in the past six months, but last month was not one of them. Continue reading

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More explanation on the illustration in the last post

Our last post included a graphic that attracted a number of comments, so this post is intended to further explain the illustration. Continue reading

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Alt 2-6d is not the only in-channel alternative

In our last post we disclosed the reasons why we eliminated Alternative 1-1 from further consideration. Cost was a big factor, but the main reason is the lower probability involved with Alt 1-1’s ability to pass fish.

Passing fish is the primary purpose of this fish-passage project, so we must succeed in that effort. And success in this case requires a full-river width in-channel fish passage. Continue reading

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Comparing the two Fish Passage alternatives

Since we announced the recommended plan of Alternative 2-6d that would replace the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam with a fixed weir, many in the Augusta area have expressed interest in a different alternative, namely Alternative 1-1. Continue reading

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Thurmond falls short; Hartwell picks up the tab

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Three sub-basins walk into a bar …  Continue reading

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Comment period on future of lock & dam extended, passing fish remains priority

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District, added an additional 30 days to the comment period related to plans to pass fish upstream of the existing New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam near Augusta, Georgia.

The extension will end on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, at 4 p.m. Eastern time. The comment period began on Feb. 16.  Continue reading

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