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!