Category Archives: Guest Author

Why Augusta’s river level shouldn’t determine Thurmond discharge

(Editor’s Note: This post, written by Savannah District Deputy District Engineer Erik Blechinger, was published in the Augusta Chronicle Feb. 9.) Over the course of several public meetings and feedback on social media there appears to be misunderstanding over what … Continue reading

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Permission granted: How the Corps governs federal waterways

By Tunis McElwain Savannah District Regulatory Chief A dock in a river requires permission from the federal government. Private-, public-, government-owned; all docks – and any other kind of work or construction in federal navigable waterways, must have a Department … Continue reading

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When does the federal government get involved in water resources issues?

By Steve Fischer Chief of Planning Branch It may strike some as an oddity that the U.S. Army is charged with riverine projects. National civil works is a primary mission of the Army’s Corps of Engineers, but there are qualifications.

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Listening to the pulse of the Savannah River

A soft breeze rustled the marsh grasses as James “Jim” Rothnie carefully placed a fresh canvas on his easel. Morning light sparkled on the waters of the ACE Basin nearby. Quietly, he crept closer to the dozen lounging birds, their … Continue reading

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Phinizy researchers to study Savannah River oxbow lakes

Editor’s Note: This article is authored by Oscar P. Flite III, Ph.D., CEO and senior scientist at Phinizy Center for Water Sciences. Flite and his organization are involved in scientific research on the Savannah River that provides critical information needed … Continue reading

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Sound science is critical for balancing ecological, economic needs of the basin

Editor’s Note: This article is authored by Oscar P. Flite III, Ph.D. CEO and Senior Scientist at Phinizy Center for Water Sciences. Dr. Flite and his organization are involved in scientific research on the Savannah River that provides critical information … Continue reading

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Nature Conservancy examines ecosystem flow needs for Comp. Study

Editor’s Note: This article is authored by Eric Krueger, director of science and stewardship with the Nature Conservancy South Carolina field office. Eric and his team are working on an ecosystem flow study that will be incorporated into the ongoing … Continue reading

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Monitoring river quality for the Savannah harbor deepening

Editor’s Note: This post was written by Brian E. McCallum, Assistant Director with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Georgia Water Science Center. In this post, McCallum explains the USGS role in working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to … Continue reading

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Guest post: Why saving the Savannah makes dollars and sense

Editor’s Note: This post was written for Balancing the Basin by Tonya Bonitatibus, Riverkeeper and Executive Director of the Savannah Riverkeeper, headquartered in Augusta, Ga. The Savannah Riverkeeper is a non-profit organization funded by individuals and foundations that share a … Continue reading

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A River Runs Through It

Editor’s Note: This article was written by Jessica Garrett of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) of South Carolina. It was orginally published in the TNC South Carolina Update newsletter (Fall 2013 issue) and is republished here on Balancing the Basin with permission … Continue reading

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