I received an important email this morning from Jerry Clontz, a very active member of the "Save our Lakes Now" group. Jerry has been instrumental in putting pressure on the Army Corps of Engineers for the Savannah River Basin on keeping water levels stable. This Basin comprises Lake Hartwell, Lake Keowee, Jocassee, Lake Thurmond and Lake Russell. We've seen the consequences before on the irresponsible release of water from this basin in times of drought. Please read Jerry's note below and email Colonel Hall on your thoughts.

To: Save Our Lakes Members
 
from: Jerry Clontz spokesman for Save Our Lakes Now
 
Again I need your help until I can get my email straightened out to where I can mail the full list for Save Our Lakes Now.  Please inform anyone you know who is interested in maintaining responsible release rates from Thurmond Dam.
 
According to a news release from Friends of the Savannah River Basin the Corps is about to fall off the wagon on lake levels.  Although SEPA has repeatedly indicated they want Lake Thurmond to stay as full as possible to avoid the danger of losing the lake in a drought, the Corps is using the excuse of meeting power needs to drop the lake levels irresponsibly.  Why would any sane person throw away water in a drought.  But that is what they are about to do.
 
Apparently they plan to release 6,000 then 8400 then 8000 cfs over the next few weeks and months dropping the lake to drought level.  If they would just hold releases at a rate matching rain input (down to 3600cfs if neccessary) we could avoid all this dancing with the devil that could easily end up with us losing the lakes.  The deal about power production is a hollow excuse because power production comes from a wide array of lakes where those with adequate rain make up for those with low rains.  Besides as SEPA knows if we lose the lake they will no longer have a reliable source of power.
 
NOW WHILE THE LAKE IS STILL AT A DECENT LEVEL WE ALL NEED TO SEND EMAILS TO COLONEL HALL AND HIS PEOPLE INSISTING THEY ACT RESPONSIBLY WITH OUR GREAT ASSET.  EVEN COLONEL HALL HAS RECOGNIZED THAT WATER  IS ULTIMATELY MORE VALUABLE THAN OIL.  WHY ON EARTH WOULD SOMEONE KNOWINGLY AND PURPOSELY WASTE SUCH A VALUABLE COMMODITY.  IF THE COLONEL AND HIS FOOLISH ACTIONS CAUSES US TO LOSE THE LAKES EVERYONE BOTH UPSTREAM AND DOWNSTREAM OF THE DAM WILL PAY DEARLY AND SEPA WILL NO LONGER BE ABLE TO PRODUCE THE PEAKING POWER THAT THURMOND DAM PROVIDES DURING PEAK USAGE TIMES.
 
Col Hall's email is cesas-de@sas02.usace.army.mil 
 
                             
 
If your interested in the "Save Our Lakes Now" program please feel free to contact Jerry at clontz_jerry@bellsouth.net .