U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Campground will get a massive face-lift in Anderson

ANDERSON COUNTY, SC (WSPA)–The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Campground on Lake Hartwell, will get a massive face-lift after being

closed for decades.

Anderson County will work with Lake Hartwell Development Group, LLC to revamp the old Asbury Park and Campground, which will soon be called the

‘Shores of Asbury’. When you think of big water attractions in Anderson County, Green Pond Landing comes to mind first. However, only a few miles away, the rebirth of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ campground is underway. “It has been sitting idle for more than 20 years,” said Burriss Nelson, Director of Anderson County Economic Development.

“We think this is a great opportunity to revitalize a recreational area on Lake Hartwell and there’s a demand for it,” Nelson said. “My father-in-law lived here for quite some time and so I think it could be a good thing,” said Emily Vickery, resident.

The more than 40 acre campground will have a floating water park with inflatables, slides, and floating cabanas. The inflatable water park will be the first of its kind along Lake Hartwell. Off shore, there will be other fun things too. “They’re talking about multiple things like glamping, just general camp sites, tent camping, opportunities to have little mini cabins. We’re even talking about putting up yurts that people can camp out of, as well as tree houses,” Nelson said.

The campground will be open to the public, but people will have to pay for the attractions. Some frequent park-goers aren’t too happy about the potential traffic this could bring.

“You get too many people here, you can’t enjoy yourself,” said Paul Nichols, park-goer. 7-News also asked Nelson if this will cost taxpayers, and he said there will not be an impact, but it will be good for the County’s tourism.

“There will be some income that will come out of this for the county in the lease agreement,” Nelson said. While this project has been in the works for nearly two years, Anderson County hopes the new development will finally give life back to the once idle park.
“I would love to see some development here,” Vickery said. “If we can garner business and bring folks to our community and bring them here for recreation opportunity, we certainly prefer that over any other thing,” Nelson added.

Nelson said the project should start within the next six weeks, and they expect it to be completed by April of 2021.

Anderson County is seeking public comment about the project through September 9th. They will have a public presentation on August 27th at the Anderson Civic Center beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Courtesy Asia Wilson www.wspa.com


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Hartwell Lake to open recreation areas for seasonal hunting

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials announced today areas open to hunting at Hartwell Lake for the 2020-2021 Georgia and South

Carolina seasons. Four areas in Georgia and nine areas in South Carolina will be open for hunting under hunting laws and regulations established by each state.

The Corps of Engineers’ Hartwell Lake Office will open four of its larger recreation areas for archery and small game hunting during the regular 2020-2021 Georgia hunting season. These areas include:

• Paynes Creek Park, Hart County (399 acres)
• Hartwell Dam Quarry Area, Hart County (410 acres)
• New Prospect Park, Hart County (34 acres)
• Jenkins Ferry Park, Stephens County (31 acres)

New for 2020: Hunters using the Hartwell Dam Quarry must call the Corps office (888-893-0678) and be added to a Corps hunting list in lieu of obtaining a paper permit.

Small game hunting is allowed in all areas listed above, but only outside the deer and turkey seasons. Hunting for small game is restricted to shotgun only with number 4 shot or smaller. Waterfowl hunting is prohibited. Hunting for deer and turkey is restricted to archery only – all firearms are prohibited. The areas will be open on a walk-in or boat-in only basis. No motorized vehicles will be allowed within the gated area. Only portable stands and blinds are acceptable and must be removed from public land after the season. Hunting regulations, license requirements, and seasons set by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources apply. Information on regulations is available from the state’s Region 2 office at 770-535-5499.
In South Carolina, hunting areas on Hartwell Lake fall under that state’s Fant’s Grove Wildlife Management Area for hunting. Hunters should contact the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources for information on licenses, seasons and bag limits at 864-654-1671. Hunting is restricted to the undeveloped spaces within these areas:

• South Carolina River, Anderson County (125 acres)
• Glenn Ferry Park, Anderson County (211 acres)
• Weldon Island Park, Anderson County (138 acres)
• Apple Island Park, Anderson County (107 acres)
• Townville Park, Anderson County (23 acres)
• River Forks Park, Anderson County (182 acres)
• Camp Creek Park, Anderson County (48 acres)
• Martin Creek Park, Oconee County (60 acres)
• Choestoea Park, Oconee County (369 acres)

For additional information on hunting at Hartwell Lake contact Natural Resource Specialist Jess Fleming at 706 856 0335.


Billy Birdwell, Senior Public Affairs Specialist
912-677-6039 (cell)
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Comp Study ends: Water quality, other concerns, leave drought plan unchanged

Officials here ended the second interim of the Savannah River Basin Comprehensive Study due to inadequate analysis, a lack of full partnership concurrence on the recommendation and insufficient funding.

As we drafted the report we expected to recommend “Alternative 2,” which would further restrict the flow of water from Thurmond Dam earlier during drought. Without acceptance of the Alternative 2 analysis the current drought contingency plan, also known as the “No Action Alternative,” remains in effect. As a reminder, our current plan was updated in 2012.

The cost of this federal study was shared with Georgia, South Carolina and The Nature Conservancy.

Issues leading to study termination
In addition to agency concerns over potential water quality with Alternative 2, we found the hydropower effects analysis incomplete and identified other technical issues that would require additional modelling, further analysis, re-coordination with agency partners and significant adjustments to the report.

These concerns and the need to address them through more analysis, continued to prolong the study over the past few years, until the funding levels could no longer support the work needed to determine if Alternative 2 will have no significant impacts.

Our senior water manager and hydraulic engineer Stan Simpson indicated reducing flows any further in this river system should be approached with caution.

He wrote: “Since the creation of the original Savannah River Drought Plan in 1989, we have further modified drought operations 3 times to reduce releases and I suspect [with the current plan] we’re very close to a minimum limit beyond which there would be significant adverse impacts, particularly to the environment, but also in other areas, such as energy production.”

He added that although there was no change to our drought plan, the study enabled us to learn a great deal more about hydrology in the basin.

“The model we created and refined from the study is now being used for our ongoing water supply study in the Hartwell Reservoir,” he said.

Purpose of the Comprehensive Study
The demand for water during drought conditions strains the Savannah River Basin due to conflicting needs for water. When rain deficits cause drought, we reduce outflows from the dams according to our drought contingency plan.

The second interim of the Comprehensive Study aimed to address whether another update to the drought plan was warranted using data from the most recent “drought of record” for the basin, which occurred from 2011 to 2013. The intent was to determine if the plan could be adjusted to further restrict Thurmond Dam discharge without causing significant or lasting adverse impacts.

In order to ensure the water management plan equitably meets competing demands for water we must coordinate the plan with federal and state natural resource agencies, as well as other stakeholders including the greater public, to balance the needs of the Savannah River’s upstream and downstream users, and the surrounding environment.

The entire SRB Comprehensive Study is a long-term effort and broken up into several interim phases. The first phase was completed in 2006. It included a water supply survey, a flow dataset, and a computer model for the basin to help identify how changes in operations affect reservoir levels and downstream conditions. It also included the 2006 Environmental Assessment that updated the Corps’ 1989 Drought Contingency Plan in response to the then drought of record from 1998-2002.

Future interim studies within the greater Comprehensive Study will be considered in coordination with cost share partners as funding allows.

  1. ~Russell Wicke, Corporate Communications Office
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