Hartwell Lake is one of the southeast’s largest and most popular public recreation lakes. Built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers between 1955 and 1963, the authorized purposes are flood risk management, water quality, water supply, downstream navigation, hydropower production, fish and wildlife protection, and recreation. Each year, millions of people utilize the many public parks, marinas, and campgrounds conveniently located around the lake to pursue a variety of outdoor recreational experiences –making Hartwell one of the most visited Corps lakes in the nation [READ MORE].
***2016 Shoreline Management Regulation Changes Effective 01 January 2016***
UPDATE: Irrigation prohibition suspended until further notice
In response to a high-volume of stakeholder feedback, as well as input from adjacent landowners in a recent meeting, officials from the Corps’ South Atlantic Division (SAD) have announced suspension of the new policy change prohibiting minor water withdrawals at lakes across the division. The suspension serves to allow further review of the policy and its implications for adjacent shoreline residents.
Districts have been directed to suspend the implementation of the policy effective immediately until the review is complete and further guidance is issued.
The new rule prohibiting use of reservoir water for irrigation was part of an update (announced Dec. 28 here) on shoreline use rules that took effect Jan. 1 for reservoirs within the Corps’ South Atlantic Region. The policy suspension only applies to the part of the new rule forbidding use of reservoir water for shoreline irrigation.
As always we welcome questions, and will do our best to answer them during this review. As new details about the results of the review are available, we will share them in future posts.