Lake Lanier falling but Thurmond is still lower

Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012 10:13 AM
Last updated 5:39 PM
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Lake Lanier above Atlan­ta has fallen two feet in two weeks, to its lowest point since the 2007-09 drought, but it hasn’t caught up with Thur­mond Lake.

According to The Associa­ted Press, Lanier’s level is 1,058 feet above sea level – or 13 feet below full pool.

Thurmond Lake’s pool level Tuesday was 314.83 feet above sea level, or 15.17 feet below full pool – the lowest reading this year.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers predicts Lanier could drop two to three more feet by Dec. 21, while projections for Thurmond Lake say pool levels will remain stable or drop only a few inches through January.

This month, flows from Thur­mond to the Savannah River were reduced to slow the lake’s decline. Some downstream users have been forced to adapt to lower flows, which required cutbacks in hydropower generation along the Augusta Canal.

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soapy_725
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soapy_725 11/27/12 - 11:49 am
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What's new

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in the Land of the Corps.

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Riverman1 11/27/12 - 05:53 pm
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Just keep in mind, the

Just keep in mind, the problems caused downstream by reduced flows. Didn't Augusta have to stop drawing drinking water from the canal also due to decreased flows? It will be interesting how futher reductions affect downstream users, plus the effect on the salt water incursion at the coast. For the future consider the effect of deepening Savannah Harbor. That's going to require more fresh water to negate the effects on increased salt water volume.

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Riverman1 11/27/12 - 06:03 pm
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Does anyone ever consider the

Does anyone ever consider the effects on what is known as Stevens Creek Lake? That's the portion of the river between Thurmond Dam and the SC Power Co. Dam. I hear about low levels at Thurmond, but I see the same problem in Stevens Creek Lake when the flows are reduced from Thurmond or increased from SC Power.

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wayne2410 11/28/12 - 06:24 am
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Until it starts raining again

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Until it starts raining again there is little we can do to keep the lake up. They have to keep a certain flow going into the river downstream per federal regs, I forget the exact flow rate, and there is not enough rain to replace the water right now. Once the rains come back, whenever that is, the lake will come back also.

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