Lock & Dam workshop is March 6 at Augusta Marriott

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The Savannah District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will hold an interactive workshop on the proposed future of the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam from 4 to 6 p.m., March 6, at the Augusta Marriott (at the Convention Center), Two Tenth Street, in Augusta, Georgia. The event will be held in the Lamar Room. Continue reading

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Fish passage draft report released, public meeting is March 6

After a one-day delay, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District, published today the Draft Integrated Post Authorization Analysis Report and Supplemental Environmental Assessment (SEA), Fish Passage at New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam (NSBLD), and Draft Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) to evaluate proposed changes to the Fish Passage feature of the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP). Continue reading

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Weir simulation reaches targeted depth in Augusta

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The Savannah River level in the Augusta area reached target elevation today as part of the simulation planned to allow the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District, as well as the public, to observe the summer conditions expected with the fish passage recommended plan, known as Alternative 2-6d. Continue reading

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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 the fish passage legislation intends for acceptable river water levels in the downtown Augusta area.

Some insist the language in the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act requires construction of a structure that will hold the same water level as existed in December 2016, which is the law’s date of enactment. Continue reading

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Sub-basins, start your engines

The Savannah River Basin came out of the gates running for the first month in 2019. However, unlike many people, it kept its New Year’s resolutions and remained above average in January.

Each of the sub-basins exceeded its average by at least half an inch, making January the fourth consecutive month with above average rainfall. Continue reading

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Fixed weir pool simulation, release of draft report scheduled for mid-February

For those interested in how the planned fixed weir at the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam site will look along the Savannah River in the Augusta area – stand by. We plan to simulate conditions by making incremental adjustments to water levels beginning Feb. 9. Continue reading

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Looking back is looking up

The months of May, November and December were clear standouts in 2018.

After toiling diligently for the past two plus years, it seems the Savannah River Basin has finally freed itself from the drought that began in 2016. Continue reading

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Fixed weir pool simulation delayed due to excessive precipitation

Due to conditions from heavy November and December rainfall we must delay the pool simulation of the recommended fixed crest weir at the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam site, originally scheduled to begin Jan. 5.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials in the Savannah District now expect to conduct the simulation in early February if runoff rates return to acceptable levels by the end of January. Continue reading

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It’s beginning to look a lot like … 2015

Hartwell Dam during a spillway release Jan. 24, 2016.

If you’ve been following the weather lately (or in practical terms, have begrudgingly just stopped putting away your umbrella), you’ve noticed the uptick in precipitation in the past two months.

While the rainy season for the Savannah River Basin is technically a few months away, as the fall arrives and plunges into winter, the average monthly rainfall steadily increases in its march toward … March, the basin’s wettest month. 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 of Army permit granting permission for construction and existence – in perpetuity. Continue reading

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