Drought declared dead

May 9, 2013
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All three reservoirs on the upper Savannah River continue to rise, and the Army Corps of Engineers has announced the end of drought operations. On Tuesday, the water level at J-Strom Thurmond Dam and Clarks Hill rose above 328 feet above mean sea level for the first time since March 2011. Thurmond Lake’s last extended time above 328 ft-msl was in 2010. The full pool levels are 660-ft-msl at Lake Hartwell, 475 ft-msl at Russell Lake, and 330 ft-msl at Thurmond. Col. Jeffrey Hall, Savannah District commander, said, “Nature came through even better than we predicted earlier this year.” Under normal operations, all mandated purposes can be met — flood risk reduction, hydropower production, downstream navigation, recreation, water supply, water quality, and fish and wildlife management.

 

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