The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will host a three hour workshop on water management and water levels at Lake Hartwell and other bodies of water later this month.
Officials with the Savannah District and associated agencies will be on hand to discuss varying aspects of water management, reservoir level management and water safety, as well as a formal presentation at 7 p.m. with water managers and meteorologists from the National Weather Service.
The workshop begins at 6 p.m. at the North Georgia Technical College, Currahee campus on Monday, June 26. The formal presentation will begin at 7 p.m.
The public meeting was requested by Ninth District Congressman Doug Collins back in May. Collins wrote in a letter to the Army Coprs of Engineers that his constituents "suffer acutely when lake levels are low" and that the low lake level would directly impact the community's economy as summer approached.
"Northeast Georgians understand the joy and challenges that come with our local lakes. I've been listening to my neighbors and working for years with the Corps of Engineers to find solutions to lake level issues, and I'm glad to see the Corps take time to talk to and hear from local residents," Collins said via email.
The workshop will not focus on the proposed update to the Savannah River Drought Plan, which is currently available for public comment. That plan can be viewed here and comments can be made until July 13 at noon.
The plan examines six alternatives to manage water during drought compared to the current plan. The recommended plan is Alternative 2, which would bring the most restrictive outflows into play much earlier in drought.