Update: Thurmond releases set for 3,800 cfs

By Billy Birdwell, Senior Public Affairs Specialist

More good news for the basin: Not only have the Savannah River Basin reservoirs refilled, but so have other reservoirs in the Southeast. Part of our operations include coordinating our release amounts with our division headquarters and other districts in the region. The Corps’ Mobile District has been able to meet Southeastern Power Administration contractual needs for hydropower generation as they release water to get their reservoirs back to normal levels to preserve their flood reduction capabilities.

This allows the Savannah District’s water managers to cut back discharges from the Thurmond Dam to the summer minimum of 3,800 cubic feet per second (cfs). The action conserves more water in the Savannah River reservoirs.

Good spring rains, strong runoff, and hydropower needs met elsewhere in the region all contribute to higher levels at lakes Thurmond, Russell, and Hartwell. Enjoy, and please be safe on the water!

About U.S. 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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