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.
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