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Corps of Engineers waives fees on National Public Lands Day, Sept. 27

United States Army

Date: 9/15/2014 2:37:00 PM

The Hartwell, Russell and Thurmond Lake Projects are hosting cleanup campaigns in honor of National Public Lands Day. The Corps seeks volunteers from scout groups, civic clubs, lakeside residents, businesses and individuals to pick up trash along the

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Picnic celebrates 50 years of Chapel Under the Pines

m.chronicle.augusta.com

Date: 9/12/2014 8:25:00 AM

Sitting under a tent on the banks of Thurmond Lake, members of St. John United Methodist Church laughed as Jim Garvey recalled the church’s former pastor, the Rev. James (Red) Segars, and his love of fishing. Segars would tell the church secretary that

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National Hunting and Fishing Day is approaching in Georgia

m.chronicle.augusta.com

Date: 9/11/2014 4:54:00 PM

There is now a $25 annual pass fee for users of the Dorn Fishing and Boating Complex on Thurmond Lake’s Hawe Creek in the McCormick County section. Or, boaters can pay $3 each time they use the facilities. A box with envelopes has been set up on the left

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Zipline over the Chattahoochee Opening this weekend

Date: 9/11/2014

Here it is! - The grand opening of the Blue Heron Zipline Adventure is going to take place at the Blue Heron Adventure Tower which is located on the corner of 11th St. and Bay Ave at 9:00 am on Friday morning, September 12th. The venue will offically open to the public on Saturday the 13th. This is the only zipline

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The Way We Were: Savannah River

the Augusta Chronicle

Date: 9/7/2014 10:22:00 PM

For centuries the river was a dominant transportation artery for Augusta. It shipped resources down to the coast, just as it brought back goods and settlers. It flooded. It dried up. It flooded again. It even inspired poetry. In May 1935, Augusta

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• River: Savannah River
• Surface Area: 71,100 Acres
• Shoreline: 1,200 Miles
• Length: 39 Miles
Thurmond Lake is one of the southeast's largest and most popular public recreation lakes. Built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers between 1946 and 1954 as part of a flood control, hydropower, and navigation project, authorized purposes now include recreation, water quality, water supply, and fish and wildlife management. Each year, millions of people utilize the many public parks, marinas, and campgrounds conveniently located around the lake to pursue a variety of outdoor recreational experiences, making Thurmond one of the 10 most visited Corps lakes in the nation.

Thurmond Lake is a man-made lake bordering Georgia and South Carolina on the Savannah, Broad, and Little Rivers. The lake is created by Thurmond Dam located on the Savannah River twenty-two miles above Augusta Georgia 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 normal pool elevation, Thurmond Lake comprises nearly 71,100 acres of water with a shoreline of 1200 miles. The entire Thurmond “Project” contains 151,000 acres of land and water.

J. Strom Thurmond Lake and Dam is the first Corps of Engineers project to be built in the Savannah River Basin. Hartwell Lake and Dam the second project built in the basin was completed in1963, and a third project, Richard B. Russell Lake and Dam was completed in 1985. Together these three lakes form a chain of lakes that is 120 miles long. Congress authorized Thurmond Lake in 1944 and construction began in 1946. The project was completed in 1954 at a cost of $79 million.

Originally the project was to be called “Clarks Hill Dam”. The “s” at the end of “Clarks” was omitted due to a clerical error in the original Congressional Authorization, and the project became “Clark Hill Dam”. The authorization document outlined the plan of development for the basin with authorized purposes of power production, incidental flood control, and navigation. Later, recreation, water quality, water supply, and fish and wildlife management were added as authorized purposes. After that the dam was renamed “Clarks Hill Dam”.

The 1966 Flood Control Act authorized the building of Trotters Shoals Lake and Dam on the Savannah River between Clarks Hill Lake and Hartwell Lake. This lake was later renamed to commemorate a late senator from Georgia, Richard B. Russell who was very important in supporting the building of dams on the river. This created a movement to rename Clarks Hill Lake after J. Strom Thurmond, the longest serving senator in US history who was from Edgfield on the South Carolina side of the lake. This movement gained support due to the senators’ great popularity in the area, and in 1988 the project was congressionally renamed “J. Strom Thurmond Dam and Lake at Clarks Hill”

Thurmond Dam is a concrete-gravity structure flanked on both sides by embankments of compacted earth some 5,680 feet (over 1 mile), crossing the Savannah River. The concrete section is 2,282 feet long and rises 200' above the riverbed at its highest point. Highway 221 crosses over the top of the dam connecting Georgia and South Carolina. The spillway contains 23 large gates, each 40 feet wide by 35 feet high, for the quick release of water from the lake.





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