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Corps to maintain lower river level near downtown Augusta

Decrease to help lock and dam

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If the Savannah River seems a little low, it is. According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, it will stay that way.

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Debris rests on the lowered banks of the Savannah River. The U.S. Corps of Engineers lowered the pool to accommodate a herbicide application. It will remain lower to ease pressure on the gates at the dilapidated New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam.  ZACH BOYDEN-HOLMES/STAFF
ZACH BOYDEN-HOLMES/STAFF
Debris rests on the lowered banks of the Savannah River. The U.S. Corps of Engineers lowered the pool to accommodate a herbicide application. It will remain lower to ease pressure on the gates at the dilapidated New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam.

The river channel along downtown Augusta was lowered three feet – from 115.5 feet above sea level to 112.5 feet – to accommodate a June 19 herbicide application.

Although the pool was partly restored after the weed control program was completed, officials plan to hold the elevation at 114 feet above sea level, corps spokesman Billy Birdwell said.

The lower pool will take some of the pressure off the gates at New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam, which has become dilapidated and less reliable in recent years. The project has been awaiting federal renovation funding for almost a decade.

“It is a little bit lower, but this level is still right in the middle of our published operating guide,” Birdwell said. “Lately, it has been closer to the maximum of our operating guide.”

Although the water will remain slightly lower, any exposed shoreline will quickly revegetate, he said.

The pool level in the Augusta area is controlled by the dam at New Savannah Bluff – not releases from Thurmond Lake upstream.

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REDRIDER
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REDRIDER 06/28/12 - 12:01 pm
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Ouch

A foot and half is a lot for that part of the river.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/28/12 - 01:01 pm
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The way to control the water

The river between Thurmond Dam and Stevens Creek Dam should not be affected. Thankfully.

obkad
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obkad 06/28/12 - 03:50 pm
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Pressure on the locks

Seems the cat is out of the bag. This article mentions that lowering the water level eases pressure on the locks at New Savannah River Bluff dam.. Hum could that be the reason Thurmond Lake is so low????? but of course the Corps won't speculate on that even though 70% of Earthen dams in the country are leaking.......I trust the Corps don't you???

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/28/12 - 05:16 pm
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Haha, Reason Lake is Low

Nothing to do with the decades low rain fall?

resident
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resident 06/29/12 - 08:57 am
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More lame excuses

I can see how stupid they are once again. They come up with excuses to help get their illegal dredging completed in Savannah. Typical lies. They are full of excuses for their bought out by others decisions. They are so crooked in what they do just look at how much they cost in projects and then look at how much money their agency gets and how many change orders they will issue that they take addional money from a project. That is well documented fact.

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Thethirdjq 06/29/12 - 09:42 am
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Herbicide?

"to accommodate a June 19 herbicide application."

"any exposed shoreline will quickly revegetate, he said."

Kind of contradicts the whole idea of spraying.

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grinder48 06/29/12 - 10:22 am
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Riverman?

Unpublished

You wrote that the river between Thurmond Dam and Stevens Creek Dam should not be affected. Since it apears you may be knowledgeable about the river, what impact do you think this will have on the river levels down river from the lock & dam near Bush Field ... like around Jackson, SC, Shell Bluff, Stoney Bluff, 301, etc. ? Thanks.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 06/29/12 - 02:15 pm
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"Nothing to do with the

"Nothing to do with the decades low rain fall?"

With commonsense management it wouldn't, but alas; when has any government run project involved common sense?

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