Problems at lake about leadership

  • Follow Letters

The reason for the lake level problem at Lake Thurmond is that elected leaders are sidestepping their responsibilities and not doing the jobs they were elected to do.

Additionally, people of influence like the head of the Corps of Engineers are failing to show the leadership toughness required of their positions. The problem and cause are very similar to the energy and economic crises that are being experienced at the national level.

It doesn't matter whether you talk to congressmen at the local or national level. I've talked to all of them. They all pass the buck and act as if the problem is someone else's. And if you talk to the leaders at the Corps of Engineers they tell you they are simply following the rules that have been laid down for them.

It doesn't take a lot of intelligence to recognize that the way Lake Thurmond is being handled is disastrous. Why, then, doesn't one of these guys do what I'm doing and tell everyone something needs to be done and done now? Isn't that what they are being paid to do? Instead, everyone is sticking their head in the sand waiting for someone else to take the lead.

I personally can come up with numerous ways to solve the problem. And so can any of our leaders. But since no one has stepped up and done the job they were elected to do, Lake Thurmond has ceased to be a functioning lake. As it stands now, the people with property, recreation, and business interests around the lake are making huge economic sacrifices for very questionable reasons.

The people gaining from water being drained out of an already destroyed lake would never ask for such sacrifices if they were made aware of the options available. There are much more practical ways to accomplish the same benefits. The parallels with the gas and economic crises are no accident. They all stem from lack of leadership on the part of all concerned with these jobs. The main difference is that the lake problem involves local rather than national leaders.

Jerry Clontz

Aiken, S.C.

Comments (10) Add comment
ADVISORY: Users are solely responsible for opinions they post here and for following agreed-upon rules of civility. Posts and comments do not reflect the views of this site. Posts and comments are automatically checked for inappropriate language, but readers might find some comments offensive or inaccurate. If you believe a comment violates our rules, click the "Flag as offensive" link below the comment.
jsterett
0
Points
jsterett 10/04/08 - 05:50 am
0
0
Thanks Jerry; and all this

Thanks Jerry; and all this time I've been believing that the Lake was low because of dry weather but now I know the truth.......it's all because elected officials aren't doing their job. Now we have to figure out which one was elected to keep the lake full...........lets see now.......... Katrina was balmed on Bush, 911 was blamed on Bush, the Wall Street meltdown was blamed on Bush.........Most likely we can blame Bush for the Lake being 16 ft. low too.

williammorriss
2
Points
williammorriss 10/04/08 - 06:24 am
0
0
My theory on the low water

My theory on the low water level at the Lake goes back to the Powers that Be that raised the flood plan of the river below the Clark Hill Dam which allowed the building of houses, condos, golf course, etc. along the bank of the river. By using the drought as an excuse, but artifically keeping the Lake well below pool, should a Katrina come along, the Lake can handle millions of gallons of water and protect all the homes and investments along the SC side of the river. Just a theory.

southern2
5994
Points
southern2 10/04/08 - 06:48 am
0
0
Federal laws need to be

Federal laws need to be re-written allowing Lake Russell to be pooled at the same level as Hartwell and Clarks Hill. Since Russell Dam was designed after the other two lakes had satisfied the conservation storage needs on the Savannah River it was designed to operate efficiently by minimizing the drawdown of the lake. Therefore Russell lake levels are always maintained within 5 feet of full pool whereas Hartwell has 35 feet of conservation storage and Thurmond has 18 feet. THIS IS PART OF THE PROBLEM AND NEEDS TO BE CHANGED!

iletuknow
8
Points
iletuknow 10/04/08 - 07:52 am
0
0
Who cares? A utterly boring

Who cares? A utterly boring place for the brain dead.

disssman
6
Points
disssman 10/04/08 - 08:32 am
0
0
Well alright. The folks that

Well alright. The folks that are around the edge of the lake are mad that their little piece of heaven is in distress. And the solution is for everyone in the CSRA and down the river, should worry about these folks recreation area? Thats almost like the band of people who live on the beaches, telling the rest of the country what a sad sight the oil wells are when the are on their decks drinking margaritas. Yea I feel really sorry for them!!!!

UncleBill
6
Points
UncleBill 10/04/08 - 08:59 am
0
0
Silly me. I thought the lake

Silly me. I thought the lake was low because we are in a terrible drought. Remeber, that although recreation is among the goals of the lake, the main reason it was built is for flood control. Just go down to the river walk and look at the past high water levels marked on the levee. To rant on as the letter writer does demonstrates a need for serious counselling and some medication.

deekster
24
Points
deekster 10/04/08 - 10:54 am
0
0
I think the primary reason

I think the primary reason for the dam was "hydro-electric" power for the "bomb plant". Bomb plants need tremendous amounts of electricity. If flood control were the primary reason, why not build a dam after the 1916 flood. Look at the TVA Project. An there is the leeve. The Interstate System wasn't designed for working class folks to cruise to California either.
The Corps is military, following a "military mission". That's how the military works. The politicians give them a "mission" and they follow through on that "mission".

augustalawyer
0
Points
augustalawyer 10/04/08 - 03:20 pm
0
0
This can only be attributed

This can only be attributed to 8 years of failed Bush policies which has caused global warming. :)

2tired2argueanymore
1
Points
2tired2argueanymore 10/06/08 - 08:03 am
0
0
Thwack, Thwack, Thwack, beat

Thwack, Thwack, Thwack, beat that dead horse!

SAS-PA
0
Points
SAS-PA 10/06/08 - 12:40 pm
0
0
The Thurmond Dam and Lake

The Thurmond Dam and Lake Project has multiple purposes, including flood risk reduction, recreation, water quality, water supply, hydropower production, navigation, and environmental stewardship.
The three Corps of Engineers reservoirs on the upper Savannah River also provide fresh water and waste water control for communities, industries, and utilities below the Thurmond Dam. Flood risk reduction is obviously not a major concern during this drought. We only produce hydropower as a side benefit to the mandatory releases to meet downstream needs. We voluntarily reduced the river flow to the minimum nearly a year ago.
The Corps of Engineers manages the reservoirs and the river as a system. We know that making changes in one area impacts other areas. This drought has gripped the region and will likely continue, causing all in the basin to suffer. Without the reservoirs to supply water, hundreds of thousands of Georgians and South Carolinians would face tremendous hardship.
Billy Birdwell
Savannah District, US Army Corps of Engineers

Back to Top

Search Augusta jobs