appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as we’ve been diligently
working through the IT issues associated with our water manager’s page.
After more than a few hiccups, we’re happy to report the page is up and our lakes are coming down to full pool after a wet and wild February.
(The skinny: In order to make our water manager’s page public, we must frequently patch and update security certificates. As part of the requirement for Department of Defense websites this page has to be encrypted even though does not pass sensitive information. This is not always the case with commercial or other public websites.)
The last patch broke all your bookmarks and the app, because it required insertion of an “s” after the “http.” Now the page is only accessible in this form: https://water.sas.usace.army.mil.
If you paste that URL in your browser it should work (I’ve double checked this on various browsers and computers.)
As we mentioned in July, we are losing rights to that platform for reasons explained in the announcement.
We’re still looking at alternative
solutions that could bring the app or some equivalent back online.
Until then, we have a workaround for the app by creating an HTML page that mimics the function of the app, and all you have to do is bookmark the page on your mobile device.
The page you need to bookmark is: https://water.sas.usace.army.mil/smart. (It’s the same website from
earlier in this post with ‘/smart’ added to the end.)
Here’s an easy 1-2-3 way to access the information:
1. Open your browser and type the following url: https://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.
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.
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).
We understand many people depend on this information. Thanks to everyone who provided constructive 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