Historic Cost-Share Agreement for Savannah River Drought Management
On September 18, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, The Nature Conservancy, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and South Carolina Department of Natural Resources signed an historic Cost Share Agreement at a ceremony near Hartwell Dam in Georgia.
This historic agreement authorizes the Corps and its partners to develop a new drought management plan for the Savannah River. Water flows in 200+ miles of the river from above Augusta to the ocean are controlled by the three dams owned and operated by the Corps. The seasonal timing and quantity of water flows are vital to fish, wildlife, lake-(reservoir) front homeowners, downstream industries, and drinking water supplies. Mark Robertson and Marjorie Palmer from The Nature Conservancy in South Carolina and Deron Davis from The Nature Conservancy in Georgia attended the ceremony.
This is the first time that TNC has been a signatory on an Army Corps project of this scope anywhere in the country. Eric Krueger (TNC-SC) will be the principal TNC representative working on the nuts and bolts of the study and the new water management plan. TNC is contributing funding and staff time to complete the analysis and water management plan, which should take about 18 months.
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