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The Corps operates Hartwell and the other two Savannah Lakes (Russell and Thurmond) per the Drought Contingency Plan once a drought level 1 condition is reached (656MSL for Hartwell summer pool). The purpose of the drought plan is to conserve water resources in the lakes, while providing flows necessary to protect the drinking water, commercial and environmental needs of the lower basin. A revised drought plan was put in effect several years ago with the consensus of both states, federal agencies and Savannah Basin stakeholders. The main revision in the plan called for flow reductions at drought level 1 versus the old plan that did not call for any mitigation until level 2.
The LHA Board receives frequent questions regarding various water issues. With the current drought situation, this topic has of course taken the forefront. This article provides an overview of several water issues that may be of interest.
The EPA 5 year review of the Sangamo/12-mile Creek/ Hartwell Lake Superfund Site is now available. Also, read more about the PCB source study and settlement plan.
Related Documents are available for download.