Developing new approaches to meet multiple needs
The Savannah River provides drinking water for more than one million people and hosts numerous endangered, threatened and rare species of plants and animals. The three Corps dams on the river included in SRP activities generate hundreds of millions of kilowatt hours of hydroelectricity each year. The reservoirs at J. Strom Thurmond Dam, Richard B. Russell Dam and Hartwell Dam are visited by a total of more than one million people annually.
Because of the river’s vital importance, the Corps and Conservancy are modifying reservoir operations to maintain and even enhance the many services provided by the Savannah, particularly in the face of continuing drought conditions.