By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is six months in to the second phase of a comprehensive study on to how better to manage the waters of the Savannah River and its reservoirs during times of drought.
According to Russell Wicke, Corps spokesman at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District this phase of the study is focusing on two main areas.
Two questions are being studied, including how far can the Corps reduce outflows at J. Strom Thurmond Dam during a drought and how long can those minimum outflows be maintained before it affects local economies?
“The way we plan to answer those questions is to run about six different alternative drought contingency plans,” Wicke said.
Wicke said the Corps study will consider and compare the six alternative operating plans against what the Corps calls their “No Action Alternative,” which is their current drought contingency plan.
Wicke said raw inflow information must be collected and then filtered to exclude irrelevant data.
Once there is a clean set of data to plug into each alternative, the models will produce results.
The results will then be compiled, evaluated and documented in a report.
According to Wicke this second phase of the study is expected to take about 18 months to complete.