Coming off a mediocre 2019 season, the Savannah River Basin looked to rebuild this year and has already reaped the benefits of preseason adjustments.
The basin’s star trio fell short of its average for the first time this year (the second time for Hartwell), but is on pace to finish out one of the strongest seasons since these statistics were recorded.
Thurmond led all scorers in June with 3.78 inches (97% of its 3.88-inch average), followed closely by Russell (3.59 inches compared to its 3.83-inch average). Hartwell had a sluggish performance, registering a mere 3.11 inches, just 65% of its 4.77-inch average.
By the time the June 30 bell sounded, the Average Rainfalls had prevailed.
However, most diehard fans are hoping June’s showing was an anomaly rather than an emerging trend.
Two years ago Hartwell finished with a cumulative 71.99 inches, the seventh highest since 1948. That same year, Thurmond amassed 58.15 inches, its third best. Each sub-basin is approximately 10 inches above the cumulative rainfall it collected in the first half of 2018.
And if both sub-basins can muster at least their monthly average for the second half of the year, they’ll trounce those 2018 performances.
As the second half heats up and transpiration and evaporation begin to take their toll on the sub-basins, the trio has already collected between 35-45% of its average for July.
2020 has been anything but average thus far, but if the basin can surpass the Average Rainfalls, it’ll be in good shape for notching another record season.
~ Jeremy S. Buddemeier, Corporate Communications Office
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.
The Savannah River Basin continued to bolster the prevailing
theme for 2020: Change is the new routine.
April and May are normally the start of the drier season
where our water managers must contend more sharply with increases in demand for
water from people (hydropower), plants (transpiration) and the planet
However, this year we’ve seen a surge in precipitation. Thurmond collected 4.8
inches — more than an inch above its average – and it was the driest sub-basin
SAVANNAH, Ga. – The deepening of the Savannah harbor has set a new precedent with four dredges in the harbor simultaneously, the Army Corps of Engineers announced.
The Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP) includes two dredges keeping the channel at its current authorized depth of 42 feet, followed by two dredges taking the channel to its new depth of 47 feet.
SAVANNAH, Ga. – Corps of
Engineers officials at Hartwell Lake have closed all access at Singing
Pines Recreation Area, including the roadway leading to the boat ramp parking
area, in response to repeated trespassing of the adjacent closed day-use area
and public safety issues along the park entrance road and the boat ramp parking
As the coronavirus brought the world to a halt the last two months, another force of nature refused to slow down: rainfall along the Savannah River Basin.
The basin continued its above-average climb as spring began its full swing.
With the exception of the Hartwell sub-basin in March, which was 0.3 inches below average, each of the sub-basins received more than 1 inch (and in some cases 2+ inches) above average for the past two months.
SAVANNAH, Ga. – A team of experts from Savannah District recommends removing the training wall in the Savannah River which runs roughly down the center of the river for more than a mile through Augusta, Georgia, and North Augusta, South Carolina. The underwater wall was built in the early 20th century to aid commercial navigation.
We’ve been fielding a lot of calls and direct messages regarding our boat ramps recently. Here’s the scoop – the current list is accurate as of Friday, April 3 at noon, HOWEVER, things can change rapidly.