By Tracy Robillard, Public Affairs Specialist
Due to higher than expected inflows to the basin and rainfall forecasts, water managers with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District issued a revised water declaration on Monday, July 1.
The new declaration increases outflows at all three dams through this week. The scheduled outflows are as follows: Hartwell Dam = 11,630 cubic feet per second (cfs); Russell Dam = 12,770 cfs; and Thurmond Dam = 15,000 cfs.
While in flood storage, we release water based on observed (actual) inflows, not projected inflows. In other words, we will re-adjust the declaration and reduce outflows if observed inflows measure lower than our projection.
Our water managers routinely issue a new declaration and projection every Wednesday, which is posted to our water management website. However, since the public water management site is unavailable for the next few weeks due to unanticipated maintenance, we will post the declaration and 10-week projection every Wednesday on Balancing the Basin. Please check back on Wednesdays for the latest information. Thanks for reading us.