Lake level gains are 10 feet above 2012 lowpoint

Thursday, April 11, 2013 11:14 AM
Last updated 5:22 PM
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Thurmond Lake has officially recovered more than 10 feet in elevation since its lowpoint last year in the midst of an extended drought.

According to the Army Corps of Engineers, the reservoir reached 324.43 feet above sea level on Tuesday — exactly 10 feet higher than last year’s lowpoint of 314.43, recorded Dec. 10.

Thursday’s level was 324.53.

The newest projections forecast additional gains, with the lake’s pool reaching 327 feet above sea level by mid June.

Full pool is 330 feet above sea level, a point last recorded Nov. 19, 2009.

Extended low lake levels have been cited as possible factors in slow real estate and retail sales linked to reduced recreational use of the lake.

The reservoir also provides flow for the Savannah River, which is used by Augusta and other cities for drinking water, wastewater dilution and for industrial processes.

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Sweet son
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Sweet son 04/11/13 - 11:41 am
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Too Many intakes and not

enough water. As always the Army Corps of Engineers has a tough job trying to balance the use of this valuable resource.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 04/11/13 - 12:00 pm
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Sweet Son

I disagree. The corp is a typical, rigid government bureaucracy that has to follow a set protocol. They increase/decrease flows from the lake based on lake level, on a graduated scale, which is pure nonsense.

If xxxx is the minimum flow required for downstream needs, then that is what it should be when the lake drops below seasonal pool. When inflows below the dam are supplying that required flow and river level, the dam should be shut off, even if just for a few hours.

The lake would never see levels below 325 again if they did that. IMO of course.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/11/13 - 12:51 pm
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It's a complicated, emotional

It's a complicated, emotional subject that I don't like to debate people about because we all simply want nice water levels. This rain is fixing everything as we all knew it would. We had a decade long unbelievable drought that I hope we never see again. Let's hope the lake and river both recover.

David Parker
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David Parker 04/11/13 - 02:14 pm
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I was already cursing the

I was already cursing the soggy shoreline trying to get in some turkey hunting last weekend. Didn't like the cold feet for the rest of the morning but I'll trade it anyday for a thinner shoreline.

Mr. Thackeray
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Mr. Thackeray 04/11/13 - 02:51 pm
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Some of you are a hoot...you

Some of you are a hoot...you act as if the lake was built for your own personal pleasure...I support the Corps and what it does based upon science not emotion. I can not one wit if you precious dock is dry or not.

David Parker
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David Parker 04/11/13 - 03:12 pm
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can not one wit

Please seperate the hoots from nonhoots. I get them confuzzled.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 04/11/13 - 04:34 pm
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FYI Mr. Thackery; I do not

FYI Mr. Thackery; I do not own lake property, so have no vested interest in lake level manangement beyond wanting government to operate with some common sense. Funny isn't it; that Lakes Murray, Oconee, and Sinclair have no such problems....

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Mudge 04/11/13 - 08:20 pm
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Mr. Thackery

No one mentioned personal pleasure or boat docks. It appears as if we have a case of misguided class envy.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 04/12/13 - 07:23 am
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Or possibly someone who likes

Or possibly someone who likes their inefficient government to manage everything?

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