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Comment period on future of lock & dam extended, passing fish remains priority

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District, added an additional 30 days to the comment period related to plans to pass fish upstream of the existing New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam near Augusta, Georgia. The … 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 … 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 … 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 … Continue reading

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It’s beginning to look a lot like … 2015

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 … 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 … Continue reading

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Fish passage weir with floodplain bench to replace lock and dam

Today we announced at a public meeting in North Augusta, South Carolina, the District’s recommended plan for replacing the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam with a fixed weir that can pass fish. Out of seven possible alternative plans that … Continue reading

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Leaning into fall

Despite having two hurricanes slash across the Southeast in as many months, the Savannah River Basin managed to collect only modest amounts of rain in September and October.

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Getting by with a little help from last month

Still on the mend from a two-year drought, the Savannah River Basin came roaring back in May, only to sputter out as the summer officially arrived.

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Timing is everything (except when it’s not)

It’s safe to say the last few months have been good to the basin in terms of rainfall. In May, Hartwell and Thurmond blew their averages out of the water, receiving more than double their normal precipitation (9.6 and 7.4 … Continue reading

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