There’s (no longer) an app for that

Community members have been experiencing issues recently with our Savannah Corps lake level app.

Some folks have mentioned that the app will no longer update (but could still access it), whereas others couldn’t even find it in the app store.

The bad news is that the app is likely going away. The good news is we arranged for a relatively simple work around by creating a mobile-size HTML page that works just like the app.

Bottom line up front: If you’re missing the app, here’s an easy 1-2-3 way to access the information:

1. Open your browser and type the following url: water.sas.usace.army.mil/smart. The lake level browser should open and look like this:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For Android phones:
2. Select the menu in the top right corner, and choose “Add to Home screen.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Name the shortcut and place it on one of your home screens.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For iPhones:
2. After typing in the url, hit the upload button, and “Add to Home Screen” (you might have to scroll to the right in this panel to see this option).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Name it what you’d like and add it to your home screen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The icon will appear on your home screen and now will function the same way the app did in the past, providing the most recent information on lake levels, rainfall, outflows and projections (among other features).

Background
When we introduced the app a few years ago, we did so under the umbrella of one of our sister districts in Little Rock, Arkansas. This district maintained a universal Corps account with the vendor enabling multiple Corps districts to host a mobile application.

They technically owned the app license and paid the fee to a vendor for updating and maintain the app’s certificates annually. Since we launched our app, the vendor was bought out several times and their policies have gradually changed making it more difficult to share an account.

Additionally, the Little Rock point of contact has since moved on to another job and the district hasn’t maintained the license with the latest vendor.

We are currently researching affordable options for bringing the app back online and also comparing the cost to benefit ratio with other options. For now, the shortcut option provides near identical service as the application and all the data remains a few clicks away.

Thanks to everyone who provided feedback – please continue to let us know what functions you use or would like to see and we’ll try to incorporate those into our processes.

~ 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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