Category Archives: Hydropower

Content in this cateogry is meant to address questions about how we generate hydropower, what it is used for and how often we generate power.

Comp Study ends: Water quality, other concerns, leave drought plan unchanged

Officials here ended the second interim of the Savannah River Basin Comprehensive Study due to inadequate analysis, a lack of full partnership concurrence on the recommendation and insufficient funding.

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New high-water mapping tool offers flooding estimates

In order to help keep Augusta area residents informed on water levels, we created a new online tool that estimates anticipated high-water inundation along the Savannah River through both Augusta, Georgia, and North Augusta, South Carolina. The interactive map provides … Continue reading

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Hartwell’s teamwork is a powerful thing

Last week while most folks were winding down for Super Bowl weekend, hydropower staff at Hartwell were gearing up to keep their generators functional. Around lunchtime on Thursday (Jan. 30), Nick Ruff (hydropower electrician) and John Clark (hydropower mechanic) smelled … Continue reading

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The Spidermen of the Corps

An urgent call comes in. “I understand,” Bill Moeller says. “We’ll be right there.” Moeller and his team suit up and within minutes they’re rappelling down the face of a massive concrete structure hundreds of feet above the river. ——— … Continue reading

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Summer heat hits striped bass hard

No one argues that summer heat in the South climbs well above the comfort level – for humans and animals.

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Timing is everything (except when it’s not)

It’s safe to say the last few months have been good to the basin in terms of rainfall. In May, Hartwell and Thurmond blew their averages out of the water, receiving more than double their normal precipitation (9.6 and 7.4 … Continue reading

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J. Strom Thurmond Dam, then and now

Eight years in the making, the J. Strom Thurmond Dam was a monumental task for engineers and construction workers in the 1940s and ‘50s. Archival footage in this video shows the steps they took to layer power plant fixtures as … Continue reading

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Richard B. Russell – not your average hydropower plant

(A version of this article originally appeared on this blog May 29, 2013.) The youngest of Savannah District’s three multipurpose dam and lake projects, Richard B. Russell Dam differs from Hartwell and Thurmond, not just size and appearance, but also … Continue reading

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Dams demand best of operator trainees

(Above: Les Rice guides visitors through a quick tour of the J. Strom Thurmond Dam.) AUGUSTA, Ga. – J. Strom Thurmond Dam currently operates at 98 percent proficiency but its operators are expected to perform above this percentage. Operator Trainee … Continue reading

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Savannah River Comprehensive Study moves forward

Researchers working on the Savannah River Comprehensive Study reached another milestone recently when they completed modeling for the first four drought operation plan alternatives. The multiagency study seeks to provide a better understanding for the impacts and risks associated with … Continue reading

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