Drought is a local and national concern

When it comes to drought, the Savannah River Basin is among the hardest-hit areas in the southeast region, but the nation as a whole is also reeling from rain deficits across the continent. Following are a few articles that underline the current drought from both a local and national perspective. 

LOCAL NEWS:

·   Clarks Hill Lake Drought Doesn’t Affect Boat Business – WAGT News 26 – Jan. 21, 2013  “Although water levels over at Clarks Hill Lake continue to decline into 2013, one Columbia County watercraft supplier says the months of drought are not affecting sales.” Video below:

·  Persistent drought drags down area economy – Columbia County News Times – Jan. 20, 2013 “Despite welcome rain this week, the water level at Clarks Hill Lake is still nearly 15 feet below full pool. Persistent drought and low lake levels, even in the off-season, take an economic toll on the boating industry and the real estate market for communities surrounding the lake, with Columbia County typically hardest hit.” READ ARTICLE

·   After drenching, dried—and colder—weather ahead – Anderson Independent Mail – Jan. 18, 2013 “Four consecutive days of rain caused the level of Hartwell Lake to rise more than four feet this week, according to data from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The lake’s elevation stood at 648.47 feet above sea level Friday, which is still about seven feet below average level for this date.” READ ARTICLE

·   Hartwell’s 2012 celebrated history as drought lingered – Anderson Independent Mail – Dec. 31, 2012  “Anderson residents have learned to take Hartwell Lake for granted, but a couple of events in 2012 stood as reminders of how it once was and could be without the lake. READ ARTICLE

 ·   Drought doesn’t hurt fishing – The Augusta Chronicle – Jan. 3, 2013 “The drought is not a Thurmond Lake thing, a regional thing, or even a state thing. It has had a national impact, so until a tropical system or sustained rainfall lasting several days come along, our lake is not going to rise back to normal magically. So count your blessings that even with the low water, you can still launch your boats and catch fish.” READ ARTICLE

NATIONAL NEWS:

·   Drought, low water hurt lake shipping – The Star Beacon (Ashtabula, Ohio) – Jan. 23, 2013 “Harbors filled with sediment and sustained drought conditions in the Midwest continue to take their toll on the efficiency of the Great Lakes shipping industry.” READ ARTICLE

·   Keeping boats moving along a Mississippi dwindled by drought – NY Times – Jan. 17, 2013 “ST. LOUIS —For months along the Mississippi River here, the withering drought has caused record-breaking low water levels that have threatened to shut down traffic on the world’s largest navigable inland waterway.” READ ARTICLE

·   New water lows for Great Lakes could drain local economies – CNN News – Jan. 14, 2013 “Water levels in Lake Michigan and Lake Huron fell to record low levels for December, and are expected to break the all-time low sometime in the next few months.” READ ARTICLE

·   Along Big Muddy, the Warning Signs of Climate Change Are Clear – Huffington Post – Jan. 10, 2013 “When officials confirmed this week that 2012 was the hottest year on record in the contiguous U.S., it came as no surprise to anyone who walked through the cauterized corn fields of America’s breadbasket last summer, talking to farmer’s traumatized by the searing 100-degree heat that seemed to have no end.” READ ARTICLE

About US Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District oversees a multimillion dollar military construction program at 11 Army and Air Force installations in Georgia and North Carolina. We also manage water resources across the Coastal Georgia region, including maintenance dredging of the Savannah and Brunswick harbors; operation of three hydroelectric dams and reservoirs along the upper Savannah River; and administration of an extensive stream and wetland permitting and mitigation program within the state of Georgia. Follow us on Twitter @SavannahCorps and on Facebook.com/SavannahCorps
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