Category Archives: Water Safety

The best piece of advice this Memorial Day weekend

Before you head out for a day on the lake, make sure you have life jackets for everyone—and wear them. On average, nine out of 10 people who drowned at a Corps of Engineers lake or river project didn’t wear … Continue reading

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Corps to close portions of lock and dam due to safety concerns

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District and the City of Augusta, Georgia, will close all access to a portion of the New Savannah Bluff Lock & Dam on May 15 due to safety concerns with the aging structure. … Continue reading

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Saving lives one vest at a time

One woman’s dedication to water safety is making waves at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Thurmond Lake. Sandie Craig founded a non-profit organization “Rembering Scotty Craig” in honor of her late husband, who drowned three years ago at Thurmond … Continue reading

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Why 4 people drowned on our lakes this year–don’t be next

By Tracy Robillard, Public Affairs Specialist So far this year, four people lost their lives to drowning at a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reservoir on the Savannah River. Sadly, these victims never returned home to their loved ones after … 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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Be safe on the water this holiday weekend

By Tracy Robillard, Public Affairs Specialist Independence Day is right around the corner—and with it comes one of the busiest times of the year for recreation at the Corps’ Savannah River lakes. Thousands of people will visit our lakes during … Continue reading

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Your first line of defense this Memorial Day: A life jacket

Commentary by Sandra Hudson, Public Affairs Specialist Every day on the job, I learn something new about who we are, what we do and the people who make it all happen. Sometimes I still find myself occasionally standing wide-eyed and … Continue reading

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Corps to host 25th Annual Kid’s Fishing Derby May 11 at Russell Lake

By Tracy Robillard, Public Affairs Specialist This Saturday (May 11), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will host the 25th Annual Kid’s Fishing Derby at Richard B. Russell Lake. The derby will take place at the Calhoun Falls Bank Fishing Area, … Continue reading

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Park rangers urge visitors to wear life jackets, avoid risks

Since Oct. 1, 2011, eight people have died on properties surrounding Lakes Hartwell, Russell and Thurmond. Three of those fatalities occurred in a single place: Hartwell’s Singing Pines Recreation Area. All three tragedies happened outside designated swimming areas and none … Continue reading

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Life Jacket PSA Video

Check out this quick Public Service Announcement on life jackets! It was created in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers J. Strom Thurmond Dam & Lake, the Georgia and South Carolina Departments of Natural Resources, and Sea Tow.

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