Georgia Legislators are set to Host the Bi-State Savannah River Basin Caucus Meeting on Wednesday in Hart County.
The big guns are being brought out for the event, as Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley will be in attendance during the meeting.
The gathering leads up to the joint signing of an agreement launching the next portion of the Savannah River Basin Comprehensive Study, the first portion of which was completed back in 2006.
Army Corps of Engineers Public Affairs Specialist Tracy Robillard explains what the second portion of the study entails.
“This is actually going to look at the most recent drought from 2007-2009”, said Robillard. “This next portion of the study is going to look at that data and we are going to look at how we can lower releases from the dams during a drought before harm is done to the environment or economy.”
She says that this portion of the study is estimated to take over a year to complete.
“We’re estimating the study to take about eighteen months, so whenever we get done with the study we’ll have a recommended course of action on how we would change our drought plan”, explained Robillard.
The caucus will gather at 10:00am until 1:00pm at the Big Oaks Recreation Park next to the Hartwell Damn and Lake Visitor Center.
Also expected to be in attendance are members of the Corps of Engineers, Georgia and South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, and the Nature Conservancy.