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Nature Conservancy protects 12,000+ acres near the Savannah River

The State South Carolina's Homepage

Date: 7/28/2015 5:15:00 PM

The Nature Conservancy has purchased a conservation easement on 12,418 acres between the Savannah and Coosawhatchie rivers in South Carolina. The easement, on The Westervelt Co.’s timberlands near the towns of Allendale and Hampton, is the fourth largest

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How to remove a sea turtle from a moat


Date: 7/28/2015 3:16:00 PM

Fed by canal in a dike system reaching to the Savannah River, the nearly 200-year-old waterway is wide, up to 8 feet deep and “full of things” – pipework, rubble and, well, “you don’t know what’s in there,” Dodd said. But the young loggerhead

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4 cannons from Confederate warship reach Texas A&M


Date: 7/28/2015 7:32:00 AM

The cannons were recovered from the ironclad, which is being raised from the Savannah River as part of a channel-deepening project. A&M's research lab in College Station is working on the $15 million removal with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the

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"Raise the Wreck" event held at CSS Georgia site


Date: 7/25/2015 8:25:00 PM

"I mean they are just wanting to get in the water as much as they can." These pieces of Savannah history are being brought up from the very bottom of the Savannah River. The Navy uses sonar systems to guide their divers to specific parts of the ship

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Raise the Wreck’ Festival Highlights Artifacts From CSS Georgia


Date: 7/25/2015 5:51:00 AM

Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window) Share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) Pieces of Civil War history are being removed from the Savannah River

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• River: Savannah River
• Length: 1,200 Miles
• Surface Area: 71,100 Acres
• Maximum Depth: 141 feet
• Length: 39 Miles
J. Strom Thurmond Lake, (also known as Clarks Hill Lake), is one of the top 10 most-visited Corps lakes in the nation and is the Largest U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Lake east of the Mississippi River.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' J. Strom Thurmond Lake is a man-made lake bordering Georgia and South Carolina on the Savannah, Broad, and Little Rivers. The lake is created by the Thurmond Dam, located on the Savannah River 22 miles above Augusta, Ga., and 239.5 miles above the mouth of the Savannah River. The lake extends 39.4 miles up the Savannah River, 29 miles up the Little River, and 6.5 miles up the Broad River in Georgia, and 17 miles up the Little River in South Carolina.

At full pool elevation, the lake encompasses 1,200 miles of shoreline, 70,000+ acres of water and 80,000 acres of land. The Thurmond Project was designed for flood control, hydropower, fish and wildlife, water quality, water supply, downstream navigation and recreation.

The Corps operates 10 Class A campgrounds on this lake, five major day use areas and many other recreational facilities. Thurmond Lake provides excellent striper and largemouth bass fishing and its large wildlife management program provides excellent hunting and wildlife observation opportunities.

"J. Strom Thurmond" or "Clarks Hill" Lake?

Originally, this dam was called "Clarks Hill Dam". The "s" on the end of "Clarks" was omitted due to a clerical error tin the original Congressional Authorization, and the project became "Clark Hill Dam. Later, Senator J. Strom Thurmond requested Clark Hill Dam be renamed "Clarks Hill Dam." In 1988, Clarks Hill Dam was congressionally renamed "J. Strom Thurmond Dam and Lake at Clarks Hill."

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