Tag Archives: Hartwell Dam

Out & about with the LHA

ShareThe Lake Hartwell Association invited us to attend their annual meeting Saturday, Oct. 14, and we had the privilege of delivering a presentation.

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Recovering from the Great American Eclipse

ShareAfter all the hubbub, hoopla and hype surrounding last week’s cosmic spectacle, I think I’ve developed a case of post-eclipse ennui.

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Next stop: Lake Hartwell, June 26

ShareSAVANNAH, Ga. – We’re hitting the road next week, heading to Lake Hartwell for a workshop on water management and water levels. The three-hour event will be held at the North Georgia Technical College, Currahee campus, in Toccoa, Georgia. Doors … Continue reading

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Spring arrived early but forgot to pack rain

ShareFebruary’s rainfall left much to be desired as the sub-basins struggled unsuccessfully to break the two-inch mark. Thurmond collected the most at a paltry 1.78 inches (41 percent of its average, 4.3 inches), while Hartwell and Russell registered under 40 … Continue reading

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Route to the Drought

ShareA look back at 2016 provides insight into how the Savannah River Basin reached Drought Level 2 and the conditions we’ll need for a full recovery.

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Above average August rainfall keeps reservoirs steady

Share Rainfall in all three reservoir sub-basins exceeded normal in August. While no single event provided the basin with massive runoff, the steady and consistent small rain events kept the reservoirs at a relatively flat level. Leading the charge: Hartwell … Continue reading

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Dams demand best of operator trainees

Share(Above: Les Rice guides visitors through a quick tour of the J. Strom Thurmond Dam.) AUGUSTA, Ga. – J. Strom Thurmond Dam currently operates at 98 percent proficiency but its operators are expected to perform above this percentage. Operator Trainee … Continue reading

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Upper Savannah reservoirs enter Drought Level 1

ShareSAVANNAH, Ga. – The three reservoirs on the Savannah River operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers entered the first drought level today when pool elevation at Thurmond Lake dipped below 326 feet above mean sea level (ft-msl). Entering … Continue reading

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Commander: Persistent, below normal rainfall expected to impact lake levels

ShareSince I took command of the Savannah District in June 2015 we’ve been fortunate to have adequate, and sometimes abundant, rainfall and inflows to maintain full reservoir levels. Beginning in January we observed below-average rainfall throughout the basin, yet were … Continue reading

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A tale of the toothless El Niño?

ShareI’m not one to taunt El Niño, especially in a season where forecasters have consistently predicted a strong showing, but two months of below-average rainfall have brought to mind the old lady from the 1980s Wendy’s commercial who asks, “Where’s the … Continue reading

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