Thurmond Lake levels drop likely to affect boat ramps, expose hazards

Friday, Sept. 21, 2012 4:17 PM
Last updated 7:44 PM
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Thurmond Lake’s water levels are likely to fall two feet or more by December, idling as many as half of the reservoir’s 80 boat ramps.

Larry Carter prepares to launch his 21-foot boat at the former Little River Marina ramp near Leah. The reservoir, already 12 feet low, is expected to fall two more feet by December, rendering many ramps unusable.  Rob Pavey/STAFF
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Larry Carter prepares to launch his 21-foot boat at the former Little River Marina ramp near Leah. The reservoir, already 12 feet low, is expected to fall two more feet by December, rendering many ramps unusable.

The dwindling reservoir has not reached full pool – 330 feet above sea level – since Feb. 13, 2010, according to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers records. Its highest level this year was 322.52 on March 3; Friday’s level was just 317.67.

With the lake 12 feet low, launching is already difficult or impossible at about 30 ramps, the corps’ estimates. If the lake falls to 315 feet above sea level by mid-December, as projected in the corps’ newest forecast, about 20 more ramps would be idled.

Low water increases the potential for accidents.

“During extreme low water conditions such as those we are currently experiencing, small trees, sand bars, and stumps are exposed, creating hazards for recreational boaters,” the corps warned in a recent advisory. “The vast majority of these hazards are not near the marked channels.”

If boaters find a hazard in a main channel, they should notify the project office at (800) 533-3478.

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YeCats
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YeCats 09/21/12 - 04:43 pm
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Shocking...

Shocking...

Riverman1
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Riverman1 09/21/12 - 04:44 pm
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Nothing New Here

This is the same exact predicted weather pattern we have every year. Fall is dry unless there's a tropical storm that finds its way here. The levels in the river suffer just as much with the decreased rain as the lake does. There's no magic solution, but more rain. It was only a few years ago when the lake was so full, they released water from the top of the dam in an unusual waterfall type release. We all have to deal with the lows and highs.

dwb619
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dwb619 09/21/12 - 04:51 pm
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5 gallon

Corp is requesting everyone using the lake to bring 5 gallons of water.

just an opinion
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just an opinion 09/21/12 - 05:20 pm
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The Corp is INCOMPETENT

and they have proven they are UNTOUCHABLE.

Conservative Man
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Conservative Man 09/21/12 - 07:04 pm
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Corps of Engineers..

...have mismanaged this resource for years. Specifically since a change of leadership a few years ago...

wayne2410
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wayne2410 09/22/12 - 06:01 am
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The corp is probably just
Unpublished

The corp is probably just trying to take the liberal mindset towards the lake, if we actually had it full we would be racist and elitist against those downstream and need to "redistribite" the water to make it fair. Of course the real reason is it just ain't raining enough but I'm sure the left will say it's Bush's fault, just like they claimed he personally and alone created Katrina just so he could flood out black people in New Orleans. Makes about as much sense as anything else liberals say.

southern2
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southern2 09/22/12 - 06:29 am
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Today's print edition shows 7

Today's print edition shows 7 of 10 southeast region lakes doing just fine and staying at near full levels while only the same 3 are struggling with Thurmond being the worst. Why is this ALWAYS the case?

Tell it like it is
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Tell it like it is 09/22/12 - 10:26 am
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Thurmond Lake

Are those other lakes connected to a river like ours that depend on the overflow from their dams ?? I think the Georgia Power Co. manages its lake much better than our so called corps.

ken8375309
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ken8375309 09/22/12 - 11:02 am
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Some of the comments are

Some of the comments are sadly hilarious.... This area is under a severe drought, people.. The water is just not there.. Only one to blame is mother nature..

http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/

galaxygrl
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galaxygrl 09/22/12 - 03:19 pm
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Water Level

I was told by a long time boater at the lake that the last time the Corp let the water level get this low the redid the Wildwood Marina. ( I might be wrong about the name of the marina)for the fishing tournaments and then they left, and they wouldn't be surprised if the old Little River marina was given a spruce up this time while the water is low to make it more lucrative. When there has been good rain fall below the dam in August, why didn't they keep the water in the dam instead of releasing it?

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