Officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are planning two public workshops next week to discuss water management at Lakes Hartwell, Russell, and Thurmond during the current drought.
One meeting is October 24 at McCormick Middle School in McCormick, S.C. from 4:30 to 8 p.m. and the other is on October 25 at Westside High School in Anderson, S.C. from 4:30 to 8 p.m.
According to the Corps, topics will include lake level predictions, water conservation management, hydropower production, and water management operation of the three lakes in the Savannah River system.
The Corps will make formal presentations at both 5 and 6:30 p.m. both nights.
In addition, representatives from various agencies like the National Weather Service will staff information booths to provide information and discuss public concerns.
Corps officials say the “drop-in” format will allow information to be presented throughout the meeting so the public may come and go at their convenience.
On October 16, the Corps states that Lake Hartwell was at an elevation of 647.88 feet. That is about 13 feet below full pool and about eight feet down from the average pool elevation for this time of year, according to the Corps.
Currently, the Corps reports that Hartwell inflow averages are approximately 75 percent of normal inflow.