By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia
Hartwell Lake is gradually coming down to full pool and this week; the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is stepping up its efforts to get it back down to normal levels.
As of last week, the lake was about three feet above full at 662.9ft msl – down two feet from last week, according to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Last week, the Corps began an aggressive effort to increase water flow through the turbines at Hartwell Dam to increase power production and so bring down the lake level.
Corps spokesman Billy Birdwell said the Corps is doubling the output.
“We are projecting release of 16,600 cfs today, that is a little less than double of what we are bringing in today, and we are targeting that amount for the rest of the week”, explained Birdwell.
Birdwell said the Corps is currently trying to bring both lakes Russell and Thurmond down as well in an effort to control flooding.
He says once Lake Russell and Lake Thurmond are down to their respective full pool levels, then the Corps will focus on getting Lake Hartwell down to full pool.
Birdwell said however, that will take several more weeks of increased output through the turbines.