Water-level discrepancies are baffling

I have spent a lot of time on the river as a child and as an adult fishing up and down the Savannah River, so what I am about to tell you comes from many years experience. I know the water flow and depths of the river.

We have had some tremendous droughts over the past couple of years along with other states. Also, we sell power to other states by allowing water to flow through our dam. No other dams or lakes exist beyond our dam, with the exception of Stevens Creek Dam. We have had a tremendous amount of rain here and in north Georgia earlier this year and in the upper half of Tennessee as well.

So on one recent Sunday, my wife and I with a few friends road up Ga. Highway 28. It crosses the Savannah River, and to my amazement the river was very high. I would say between eight and 10 feet. The normal height for the fluctuation of the river is between six and eight feet. So I made the statement to my wife that the lake must have risen about one or two feet. We continued up Highway 28, and when we reached the lake the water was even lower than it has been. You can understand my surprise.

If we are all worried about having enough water to drink and to water lawns with, why would we be letting so much water out? Is it about making more money by selling power, or is it a total lack of concern or proper management? It drives me insane to see this happen year after year. Who is managing the water distribution and why do I see silt and mud running down the river? This can only mean they are letting it out as fast as it comes in, and for what?

Would someone please shed some light on this for me?

Dennis J. Russell Jr., Grovetown

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