Holding strong — all summer long?

The Savannah River Basin roared into summer last month.

Hartwell and Thurmond each collected 6.8 inches of rain in June – a full 2 and 3 inches above their averages, respectively. Russell pulled in a solid 5 inches compared to its 3.8-inch average. Continue reading

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Summer heat hits striped bass hard

Anthony Rabern (left) and Tony Anderson, biologist and technician with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, retrieve data tracking information from tagged fish in Lake Hartwell on the Georgia-South Carolina state line.

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

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June showers make up for May’s wilted flowers

You know that feeling when you take a sip of ice cold water and you can feel it go all the way down your esophagus? That was last week after the unbearably dry month of May.

It was so dry for the Savannah River Basin (“How dry was it?!”) that each of the sub-basins surpassed their monthly totals for May in just the first full weekend in June alone. Continue reading

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Dredging pilot project could be a game-changer for Georgia coast

A drone’s eye view of the 5-acre plot where the thin layer placement portion of the pilot project is being conducted near Jekyll Creek.

JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. – Conventional wisdom warns against building on shaky ground, but the future of Georgia’s coastline could very well rest on 5 acres of “pluff mud.”

(Watch a video about the pilot project here.) Continue reading

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Thurmond: Set a course for full pool

After what feels like a decade in the making, contractors finished repairing the 23 seals on Thurmond’s gates last week. (Full exhale). Continue reading

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Flowers or not, April’s rain still welcome

The Savannah River Basin continued its march toward summer with stable, (mostly) above average rainfall in April.

Hartwell kicked it up a notch, collecting a solid 6.2 inches compared to its 4.6-inch average. Continue reading

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Children brighten up the workplace

The 30 children who took part in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District’s National Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Day event, April 25, 2019, pose in the lobby in their best engineer stance.

Savannah District hosted 30 children as part of National Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, April 25. Continue reading

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Accounting for the basin’s smallest stakeholders

For much of the year, we concentrate on stakeholders living on or around our three reservoirs along the Savannah River Basin.

However, for a short period each spring, our focus shifts to the residents in those reservoirs. Continue reading

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Commander welcomes Army’s Civil Works Secretary to Augusta

After landing The Hon. R. D. James (right), assistant secretary of the Army for civil works, is escorted off the flightline by Col. Daniel Hibner, Savannah District commander (center-left), Erik Blechinger (left), Savannah District deputy district engineer, and Alvin Lee, South Atlantic Division programs director.

Tuesday we were honored to welcome the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, The Honorable R. D. James to Augusta, Georgia, who visited to learn the details surrounding the future Fish Passage at the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam. Continue reading

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Winter’s momentum masks March’s mums

The Savannah River Basin has been posting some impressive stats in the past six months, but last month was not one of them. Continue reading

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