Tag Archives: water safety

As Thurmond gate repairs end, water managers can target full summer pool

Drivers crossing the Thurmond Dam may have noticed two-way traffic resumed this week. That means workers finished the gate repairs on the dam. The one-way traffic ensured safety for workers. One-way began in February 2010, ended in the summer of … Continue reading

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Video: Corps awards Bassmaster competitor for saving a life

A drowning was prevented when a Bassmaster competitor pulled a man out of the frigid Hartwell Lake water. The below video shows Savannah District Commander, Col. Tom Tickner presenting the award at the Bassmaster weigh-in to David Walker for thinking … Continue reading

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3 things that could save your life at the lake

Editor’s Note: This post is written by Joe Melton, a natural resource program manager with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District. A former park ranger, Joe now oversees the District’s water safety program for lakes Hartwell, Russell, and … Continue reading

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Corps social media campaign promotes life jackets, offers prizes

This summer the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District is promoting life jacket use with the WEAR IT to Win It campaign on Facebook and Twitter. Now through Labor Day weekend, the Corps is offering prizes to those who … Continue reading

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The best piece of advice this Memorial Day weekend

Before you head out for a day on the lake, make sure you have life jackets for everyone—and wear them. On average, nine out of 10 people who drowned at a Corps of Engineers lake or river project didn’t wear … Continue reading

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Saving lives one vest at a time

One woman’s dedication to water safety is making waves at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Thurmond Lake. Sandie Craig founded a non-profit organization “Rembering Scotty Craig” in honor of her late husband, who drowned three years ago at Thurmond … Continue reading

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Why 4 people drowned on our lakes this year–don’t be next

By Tracy Robillard, Public Affairs Specialist So far this year, four people lost their lives to drowning at a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reservoir on the Savannah River. Sadly, these victims never returned home to their loved ones after … Continue reading

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VIDEO: Q&A with Corps hydrologist on current basin status

When do we expect the lake levels to return to normal? What will happen to the lakes if we continue to receive more rain? What effect did the spillway gate tests have on lake levels? Get the answers to these … Continue reading

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High Water Update: Thurmond releases climb 37,000 cfs, recreation facilties closed

By Russell Wicke, Corporate Communications Officer Excessive rainfall continues to fall throughout the Savannah River Basin, which resulted in an increase of water releases at the J Strom Thurmond Dam today. The Richard B. Russell and Thurmond sub basins, along … Continue reading

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Be safe on the water this holiday weekend

By Tracy Robillard, Public Affairs Specialist Independence Day is right around the corner—and with it comes one of the busiest times of the year for recreation at the Corps’ Savannah River lakes. Thousands of people will visit our lakes during … Continue reading

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