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  • January

    Corps lakes offer Christmas trees a second chance

    Evergreen trees aren’t typically considered aquatic vegetation, but if they’re used as Christmas trees in the Savannah River Basin, chances are they’ll continue “bearing fruit” under water. Rather than have old Christmas trees go to the landfill, rangers with the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers reservoirs at Hartwell and J. Strom Thurmond lakes collect the trees in December and January each year to make fish habitats in the reservoirs.
  • July

    Three deaths, zero life jackets: personal flotation devices are No. 1 life saver on water

    Over the Independence Day weekend there were three fatalities at the Corps of Engineers supervised
  • June

    Summer heat hits striped bass hard

    No one argues that summer heat in the South climbs well above the comfort level – for humans and
  • July

    Hartwell power plant repairs increase efficiency, cuts costs

    SAVANNAH, Ga. – A maintenance team is improving operational efficiency and cutting costs at the Hartwell Dam Power Plant by rehabilitating deficient generators. Recently, staff thwarted the imminent failure of unit 4 when several burnt coils were discovered during scheduled biennial outages. The timely discovery resulted in an economical response that returned the unit online within its established biennial outage.
  • Boys’ lives saved by rescuers, loaner life jackets at Hartwell Lake

    SAVANNAH, Ga. – The collaborative efforts of a Hartwell Lake corps ranger and bystander saved two boys’ lives after the pair struggled to swim from a remote buoy to the beach shoreline June 3.
  • May

    Corps revamps 'Wear It to Win It' water safety campaign

    SAVANNAH, Ga. -- This summer, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District is giving the public another reason to be safe while enjoying the great outdoors.
  • April

    Reservoirs maxed out: Flood storage captures excess rainfall

    SAVANNAH, Ga. – The rain event that occurred Sunday, April 19, caused both Hartwell and Thurmond to exceed the limits of conservation storage (almost simultaneously) as water levels rose into flood storage territory. As of this writing, Hartwell’s elevation has climbed more than six inches above the conservation threshold (660.51 feet above mean sea level) and Thurmond follows close behind.
  • Spawning season a delicate balance

    SAVANNAH, Ga. -- An unfertilized fish egg sitting in a nest at Lake Hartwell was having trouble remembering what he was doing there … then it spawned on him. Although today is April Fools’ Day, this time of year is no laughing matter for largemouth bass that live in sub-basins along the Savannah River. Each spring, male fish build nests in shallow water by swinging their tails back and forth to create saucer-like depressions on the bottom, according to James Sykes, a fisheries biologist for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District.
  • February

    On groundhogs and water levels: What will reservoirs look like on Memorial Day?

    SAVANNAH, Ga. -- February has arrived and Groundhog Day has come-and-gone. So this makes me a little late in giving my annual prediction on how the three Corps of Engineers’ Savannah River reservoirs will begin the 2015 tourist season.
  • December

    Private reservoirs support Corps public ones

    Editor’s note: This installment of a continuing series of articles explaining the operations of the Savannah River basin, looks at the support upstream, privately-owned reservoirs contribute to keeping the basin in balance. Savannah District officials often get asked why Lake Keowee, owned by Duke Energy, seems to remain full while the Corps’ reservoirs, particularly Hartwell Lake seems to drop. Read below on how the far-upper basin supports the central basin.
  • October

    Corps celebrates National Public Lands Day

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District hosted volunteer activities throughout the Savannah River Basin in honor of the 20th Annual National Public Lands Day, Sept. 28, 2013.