Originally created 01/11/00

Oppose lowering of Savannah River



Re the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers decommissioningselling the dam:

It is understandable that the dam isn't considered a navigational necessity anymore. Let's face it, it just isn't used -- at least not enough to justify the huge maintenance costs of oper-ations. But, why can't the dam be sealed shut? Why does it have to be left open, permanently lowering the river's water level?

I do not believe we experience flash flooding that causes devastating flooding or to cause such pressure that the dam would burst if it were permanently sealed. I wonder how many times an emergency opening has been done as a result of flooding? It seems cost effective to leave it closed and let the water run over the top every once in a blue moon. Why isn't this a viable solution?

The exhibition projected by the Corps to lower the river in order to "show the true water height" is inane and designed as a scare tactic. Currently the water depth of the river and the Strom Thurmond lake is at a below average level from local drought conditions. This should make for a more prominent and devastating demonstration. How can it make any sense to send allthis wonderful, fresh, desperately needed water down river to the Atlantic Ocean?

... This unnecessary exhibition of temporarily lowering the river will cause the disturbance or destruction of fish and wildlife habitats, and the erosion of the banks. Personal boats will be removed from the river (perhapsnever to return), adjacent corporations and municipalities must spend thousands of dollars to temporarily keep water flowing to their facilities and the taxpayers of Augusta and North Augusta will have more of our hard earned money spent to prevent (possible) harmful results. People will be shocked and dismayed at the muddy sight and lack of water resources precious to them and the real estate value of all property on the river will go down instantly. ...

On Jan. 20, at 6 p.m. at the Julian Smith Casino (after the Corps' lowering exhibition) there will be a meeting for the sole purpose of public concerns to be addressed.

I've already been lowered -- lowered to my knees to pray the Corps will realize what devastation will result from this temporary demonstration.

Pamela E. Ham, Augusta

The exhibition projected by the Corps to lower the river in order to "show the true water height" is inane and designed as a scare tactic.