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.

A lot of dam training

What does it take to operate and maintain a dam? Technical aptitude, well-honed skills, teamwork—and a lot of dam training. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District provides a rigorous, four-year apprenticeship program that trains college students to work … Continue reading

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Occasionally it just happens at the right time…

Today is clear and sunny in the Savannah River Basin. Who can remember last week when the polar vortex plunged the eastern half of the nation into record cold temperatures? I even had to turn on heat in my Savannah … Continue reading

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July 2013 sets new rainfall records, sees reservoirs jump

By Billy Birdwell, Public Affairs Specialist Wow! What an exciting month we just had in the Savannah River basin! Last month set the July record for rainfall at all three reservoirs. Hartwell Lake received 13.37 inches, Russell Lake received 9.97 … Continue reading

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Weekly Declaration and Projection 7/31/2013

Since our Water Manager’s page was taken down for repair at the end of June we have been posting the weekly Savannah River System Declaration, and the 10-week projection here on Balancing the Basin. The declaration provides details on the … Continue reading

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Weekly Declaration and Projection 7/24/2013

This week’s declaration and 10-week projection can be seen via the links at the bottom of this post. The declaration demonstrates the process of returning water releases to normal as reservoir levels descend to near full pool. The weather forecast … Continue reading

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VIDEO: Q&A with Corps hydrologist on current basin status

When do we expect the lake levels to return to normal? What will happen to the lakes if we continue to receive more rain? What effect did the spillway gate tests have on lake levels? Get the answers to these … Continue reading

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VIDEO: Crowds gather to view spillway spectacles

Last week the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers conducted required safety tests of the spillway gates at the Hartwell, Russell and Thurmond dams. We are pleased to announce that the tests were a success. Our dam safety experts identified no … Continue reading

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The purpose of Russell Lake and how it’s different

By Rashida Banks, Public Affairs Specialist The last built of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers three multipurpose dam and lake projects, Richard B. Russell was designed to support hydropower, recreation, water supply, flood control, and fish and wildlife conservation. … Continue reading

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Pumpback and its effects on Thurmond Lake

The Richard B. Russell Dam enables a unique capability within the Savannah River Basin as a provider of “pumpback” hydropower. Pumpback turbines are reversible, so they allow us to re-use water stored in the reservoir system multiple times. This capability … Continue reading

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Corps answers Frequently Asked Questions from drought public workshops

Not only do droughts differ, questions about drought management differ. During a series of drought workshops held in McCormick and Anderson, S.C., in October, and during a meeting with the Lake Hartwell Association, new questions arose not previously addressed in Balancing the Basin. … Continue reading

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