Basin takes a break from drought recovery

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The momentum the Savannah River Basin had been building in 2017 came to an abrupt halt last month when the sub-basins registered abysmal levels of rainfall.

November is typically the second driest month of the year for the basin (with October being the driest), but last month was dry even in relative terms.

Hartwell collected a mere 0.81 inches – the lowest for November since records have been kept (1948).

That is an excruciatingly small amount considering we’re still recovering from the drought and that Hartwell averages 4.52 inches in November.

Russell and Thurmond posted slightly better results with 1.27 and 1.34 inches on their 3.54- and 3.32-inch averages, respectively.

However, both were among the bottom 10 for worst monthly rainfall in November.

While we have received above average rain for six of the 11 months in 2017, we’re still working to overcome the deficit the most recent drought created.

The good news is that the rainy season is just around the corner and the rainfall we do get has a greater chance of translating into higher reservoir levels.

Bottom line: We still need rain.

In other, more positive news (and as some of our readers have already mentioned), our app is back up!

The app provides information on lake levels, rainfall, forecasts of stream flows and projected releases, not to mention a link to this blog. It’s available on Google Play and the App Store (Search using USACE Savannah).

~ Jeremy S. Buddemeier, Corporate Communications Office

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
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