Manage the level of Lake Hartwell more effectively and safely
  • Petitioned US Army Corp of Engineers, Savannah District

This petition was delivered to:

US Army Corp of Engineers, Savannah District
Hartwell Dam and Lake Office
US Army Corp of Engineers, Hartwell Office
Water manager
US Army Corp of Engineers, Water Manager
Georgia House of Representatives
Alan Powell
Georgia House of Represntatives
Tom McCall
South Carolina Governor
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley
Georgia Governor
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal
Georgia Senate
John Wilkinson
South Carolina State Senate
South Carolina State House
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives
South Carolina-002
State Rep. William Sandifer
South Carolina-002
State Sen. Larry Martin
South Carolina-003
State Sen. Kevin Bryant
South Carolina-03
Rep. Jeff Duncan
South Carolina-001
State Rep. William Whitmire
South Carolina-005
State Rep. Phillip Owens
South Carolina-001
State Sen. Thomas Alexander
South Carolina-007
State Rep. Michael Gambrell
South Carolina-011
State Rep. Craig Gagnon
Rep. Paul Broun
South Carolina-004
State Rep. David Hiott
South Carolina-008
State Rep. Don Bowen
South Carolina-010
State Rep. Joshua Putnam
South Carolina
Sen. Lindsey Graham
South Carolina
Sen. Tim Scott
Sen. Saxby Chambliss
Sen. Johnny Isakson

Manage the level of Lake Hartwell more effectively and safely

    1. April Hughes
    2. Petition by

      April Hughes

      Greenville, SC

A considerable amount of rain has fallen in the past 6 weeks and the levels are continually dropping at a drastic pace.  It appears that even if we did receive a substantial amount of rain it would not help due to the amount of water being pulled.  

It would be helpful to understand the rationale behind the drastic lowering of the water.  The low levels directly impact many businesses in 2 states and multiple different counties, which directly impact the amount of tax revenue collected. Restaurants, gas stations, fishing guides, outfitters, hotels, rental homes and any other business that rely on recreation from the lake are at risk of going out of business.

It is recognized that Hartwell lake was not built for recreational purposes, however, recreation has been allowed and it has proven to be a significant source of revenue, which directly impacts the corp, since the corp is federally funded.

If you own real estate on Lake Hartwell you paid a premium price for the home, paid fees to the corp for the right to have a dock, walkway, etc and within the next 2 weeks according to corp projections, most investments will be unusable.

It seems that a "meet in the middle" approach could be found. Agreeing to leave the level at a reasonable, safe height during the summer months would be advantageous to the corp, homeowners and businesses.

A look at the overall effects that the current projections will have on the communities and livelihoods surrounding this beautiful lake is necessary.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 2,500 signatures
    2. Decision-maker B.R. Skelton responds:

      B.R. Skelton

      I agree there should be a more effective way to manage the Hartwell lake level and will do all I can to see that this is done. The Corp is a federal agency and tends todo things its own way until there is citizen activity, which I applau...

    3. Surpassing our goal of 2000 signatures!

      April Hughes
      Petition Organizer

      Good Morning and thank you all for your support. Over the past 7 days, the 28+ recipients have received over 1100 emails. A response from the Lake Hartwell Association letter to local congressman should be received this week. Also, a conference call will be held today on the state of the drought in South Carolina. When I hear any information on these pending actions, I will update everyone again. Please keep sharing the petition. Also, see the link below for an article that was in the Anderson Indepenent Mail this weekend.


    4. Reached 2,000 signatures
    5. Greenville News Article

      April Hughes
      Petition Organizer

      As this article states, making a change will literally take an act of congress! Continue to share this petition and get signatures. Remember, each time this petition is signed, it generates an email to the 28+ recipients listed.

    6. Reached 1,000 signatures
    7. Sending our message to congress.

      April Hughes
      Petition Organizer

      I'm am sharing the knowledge I've gained with you so that this petition and endeavors by Lake Hartwell Association will make an impact.

      Originally this petition was targeted solely towards the Corps of Engineers, however, I've learned that the Corps hands are tied with how the Water Basin is managed. The Corps needs our help placing pressure on Representatives and Senators to push our needs in Washington and give the corps the ability to manage the River Basin in a more effective manner. Herb Burnham, President of Lake Hartwell Association has sent a letter to 2 representatives in hopes of them starting an initiative in Washington.

      I will be adding additional legislators to this petition so they will receive an email per signature. Let's keep the momentum going and put the pressure on our elected officials! Don't forget this is an election year!

    8. Adding State and Local Government Representatives

      April Hughes
      Petition Organizer

      This petition has been an educational process. After many discussions with some important partners of Lake Hartwell, it has come to my attention that included in our focus should be state and local legislators. The Army Corp of Engineers is an arm of our armed forces and is controlled by the federal government. They simply follow orders and do not have the ability to shift and change easily. I was unaware of the many different agencies that have a say in how the lake is managed; EPA, Game and Fish and many companies that pay for lobbyist to work in Washington. I have been educated that in order for us to see change in the way the Savannah River Basin is managed it will take time and consistent pressure on State and Federal elected officials. In this election year, I urge all of you to communicate with your local legislators. I have added Governor Nikki Haley to the petition and will add other legislators soon. Look for an email soon with additional infomation. Again, thank you

    9. Reached 750 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Roy Wampole HARTWELL, GA
      • about 2 years ago

      Lake Hartwell is an important financial resourse for businesses, individuals, and city and state governments in both Georgia and South Carolina. To allow it to be managed in such a foolish manor.This method of management demonstrates a blatant for the financial wellbeing of the cities and towns surrounding the lake

    • Timothy Maloof ANDERSON, SC
      • about 2 years ago

      I am a home owner on the lake and it is killing me to continually move my dock. Also the lake is less safe with lower lake levels.

    • Robert Necessary NORCROSS, GA
      • about 2 years ago

      I own property at Lake Hartwell and have for over 25 years.

    • Mitchell Harris HARTWELL, GA
      • about 2 years ago

      The economy in hartwell is based on the recreational value of the Lake.

    • Chris Kwiatkowski ROSSFORD, OH
      • about 2 years ago

      We are currently renting a home on lake Hartwell, with the possibility of buying one soon.


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