Flowers or not, April’s rain still welcome

The Savannah River Basin continued its march toward summer with stable, (mostly) above average rainfall in April.

Hartwell kicked it up a notch, collecting a solid 6.2 inches compared to its 4.6-inch average.

After running rainfall deficits for the past two months, Thurmond just beat its 3.6-inch average when it received 3.9 inches.

The middle child, Russell, came up short by one-half inch with 3.1 inches versus its 3.6-inch average for April.

The good news for all these April showers is they kept the basin on solid footing as the recreation season gears up.

Some stakeholders may have noticed the remainder of our campgrounds and day-use areas opened this week.

As the temperatures rise, plants will pull more water from the soil and more water will evaporate from the reservoirs, which have been sitting at or above full pool (with the exception of Thurmond, which is still undergoing maintenance).

Spawning season is also scheduled to wrap up this month so it looks like we’ll be back on track for a “normal” full-filled summer in no time.

~ Jeremy S. Buddemeier, Corporate Communications Office

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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