Water webpage issues persist: here’s a workaround

UPDATE: As of about 3:45 p.m. today the original URL for the water page (without the “s” after “http”) is now accessible. This means the app should be working for users and all bookmarks should also be working. Please don’t hesitate to contact us or reply with a comment if you experience further issues.

I left our original post below for continuity.

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Ditch the rumors: No need to open spillway gates (yet)

Despite rising water level at Hartwell and Russell reservoirs, enough storage area remains to delay opening the spillway gates – rumors notwithstanding.

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Corps of Engineers: Savannah River to exceed channel capacity within hours

Officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers expect the Savannah River below Thurmond Dam to exceed channel capacity by this evening due to recent rainfall causing a significant increase in local inflow.

In other words, the Savannah River below Thurmond will see higher and faster flows, with water overflowing the riverbank.

In anticipation of these increased natural flows, Corps officials reduced the water releases from the J. Strom Thurmond Dam (JST) near Augusta, Georgia. By reducing the releases from Thurmond Dam, Corps officials avoid contributing to local flooding risks.

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Hartwell’s teamwork is a powerful thing

Hartwell staff lowers Unit 1's exciter housing into the erection bay.
Hartwell staff lowers Unit 1’s exciter housing into the erection bay.

Last week while most folks were winding down for Super Bowl weekend, hydropower staff at Hartwell were gearing up to keep their generators functional.

Around lunchtime on Thursday (Jan. 30), Nick Ruff (hydropower electrician) and John Clark (hydropower mechanic) smelled something burning.

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Rolling into 2020 like … a storm

A graph depicting Hartwell’s pool elevation from January 2019-January 2020.

If the first two weeks are any indication, 2020 is going to be a banner year for the Savannah River Basin.

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Data collection to cause minor changes in water levels near lock and dam

Beginning Sunday fluctuations in the pool behind the New Savannah Lock and Dam will occur and last approximately two weeks.

The changes in water level will occur to enable data collection connected to a geotechnical investigation on the lock and dam structure.

All fluctuations will remain within the normal operational range, which is between 112 and 115 above mean sea level (ft-msl).

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Demystifying DL1

Not normally known as wet month for the Savannah River Basin, November did its best to solidify its reputation as an underachiever.

All three sub-basins fell short of their averages, with Hartwell registering 3.2 inches, nearly an inch and a half below its average. Thurmond and Russell collected 2.6 and 2.9 inches, respectively, just more than half an inch below their averages.

Misery usually loves company, but last month the Savannah River Basin said, “Leave me be.”

While most of the Southeast is on track to recover from the drought, we’re struggling to pull up the rear.

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Procrastination pays off?

I’ll admit it: By last week I had written off the Savannah River Basin as being subpar for another month. Who needs rainfall anyway?

However, pre-Halloween storms blew through like a wolf on our three little pigs and pushed each over its monthly average. In just the last three days of the month Hartwell received about 3 inches of rain, while Thurmond and Russell each collected 1.3 inches.

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Corps announces decision on fish passage; plans for public engagement

SAVANNAH, Ga. – This afternoon we announced a decision on the future of the fish passage at the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam near Augusta, Georgia. We selected alternative 2-6d, a set of river-width weirs followed by the removal of the deteriorating lock and dam.

We plan to hold a public engagement Nov. 13, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at the Boathouse Community Center, 101 Riverfront Drive, Augusta, Georgia, where the public can hear details about the decision.

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Permit fee increases suspended pending national review

SAVANNAH, Ga. – We are delaying the implementation of fee increases for shoreline permits in the South Atlantic region while Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, conducts a national review of the shoreline management program fees.

The South Atlantic region will continue to operate the current Shoreline Management Program within its existing procedures and fees until further notice.

Media queries should be directed to Doug Garman, Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, at 202-761-1807, or after hours at 202-459-3591.

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