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Petitioning US Army Corp of Engineers, Savannah District and 28 others

Manage the level of Lake Hartwell more effectively and safely

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.

This petition was delivered to:
  • US Army Corp of Engineers, Savannah District
  • State Representative
    William Whitmire
  • State Representative
    Phillip Owens
  • State Representative
    William Sandifer
  • State Senator
    Michael Gambrell
  • State Representative
    Craig Gagnon
  • Representative
    Paul Broun
  • State Representative
    David Hiott
  • State Representative
    Don Bowen
  • State Representative
    Joshua Putnam
  • U.S. House of Representatives
  • U.S. Senate
  • South Carolina State House
  • Representative
    Jeff Duncan
  • State Senator
    Kevin Bryant
  • State Senator
    Larry Martin
  • 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
  • Senator
    Johnny Isakson
  • Senator
    Saxby Chambliss
  • Senator
    Tim Scott
  • Senator
    Lindsey Graham
  • State Senator
    Thomas Alexander
  • South Carolina State Senate

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