Dry conditions prompt restrictions of Thurmond Lake flow

Tuesday, Aug 30, 2011 5:39 PM
Last updated 6:48 PM
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Continued dry weather prompted a flow reduction from Thurmond Lake Tuesday as the reservoir slipped into the second drought trigger level under a federally approved drought management plan.

“The reservoirs will likely continue to decline over the next several weeks unless a tropical system moves over the area,” said Stan Simpson, a water control manager with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

To slow the decline, the corps limited outflow from Thurmond Dam to 4,000 cubic feet per second, averaged over one week. The reduction from the level 1 rate of 4,200 cfs decreases the amount of hydropower generated through the dams but conserves more water in the reservoirs.

The pool elevation today was 323.8 feet above sea level, slightly below the drought plan’s Level 2 trigger.

Thurmond’s water inflow is about 35 percent of normal. Precipitation forecasts show little rain for the region in upcoming weeks. Hydrologists with the Savannah District note that current declining reservoir conditions follow a typical summer pattern.

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southern2 08/30/11 - 09:31 pm
Same thing...different year!

Same thing...different year!

Little Lamb
Little Lamb 08/31/11 - 09:17 am
Another "dog bites man"

Another "dog bites man" story.

When it does not rain, creek and river flow rates decrease.

Sweet son
Sweet son 08/31/11 - 12:40 pm
Good story Rob. LL the story

Good story Rob. LL the story was meant to be for information and planning if you happen to be a lake enthusiast!

yu nah ee tah
yu nah ee tah 08/31/11 - 03:34 pm
Conspiracy Theory- The Corps

Conspiracy Theory- The Corps has a lake wide clean up day on Sept. 24 with a picnic afterwards. Teams are signing up to clean up different areas of the shoreline. If the lake goes down there will be more shoreline to clean up and the lake will be long term better off as ugly litter will be gone. Every lake lover should get out from behind their computer screen, round up friends and call 800 533 3478 and volunteer to clean up. The shoreline between 328 and 330 has seen water once in the last ten years. Beware -that area, with ten foot tall pines, belongs to Mr. No Shoulders. If you love the lake, see you at the picnic. Just Do it.

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