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Rain was big weather story for Augusta in 2013

Augusta Chronicle

Date: 12/29/2013 5:18:00 PM

Heavy summer rains frustrated farmers and event planners in record-setting fashion in 2013. Augusta had its wettest June in history with 10.78 inches, and rainfall through July and August gave the area its third highest total ever over those

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Canadian nuke waste to be reprocessed at SC's SRS

WRDW-TV

Date: 12/22/2013 6:16:00 PM

The Greenville News reports the Savannah River Site near Aiken will start receiving convoys of the highly radioactive liquid waste containing weapons-grade uranium sometime next year. The waste comes from the Chalk River Laboratories in Canada. It was part

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Hidden Gem on the Hooch - Men's Journal

Date: 12/13/2012

They're reclaiming the Hooch along the southern border of Georgia and Alabama. In Columbus, the strategic demolition of old dams along the Chattahoochee River will soon unleash what the city is calling the River City Rush, the "longest urban whitewater course in the world," according to the event's website.Read more: http

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Corps of Engineers Reverse Lock Closure Decision For Recreational Traffic

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Date: 10/10/2012

MOBILE, Ala. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District announced today they will be changing the hours and days of operations of their locks on the Alabama River and the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint Rivers (ACF) system beginning February 1, 2013. The changes in the Levels of Service at each lock are being

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Georgia Power to Develop Water Research Center

Alabama Power

Date: 4/20/2011

Georgia Power President and CEO Paul Bowers today announced the company will host an innovative research facility to develop and test water conservation technologies at Georgia Power's Plant Bowen, near Cartersville, Ga. The Water Research Center (WRC) will provide a venue for developing and testing technologies to improve

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• Surface Area: 32,192 Acres
• Volume: 2,200,000 Acre Feet
• Drainage Area: 4,050 Square Miles
Walker Lake is a natural lake, 50.3 mile in area, in the Great Basin in western Nevada in the United States. It is 18 miles long and 7 miles wide, located in northwestern Mineral County along the eastern side of the Wassuk Range, approximately 75 miles southeast of Reno. The lake is fed from the north by the Walker River and has no natural outlet except absorption and evaporation. The community of Walker Lake, Nevada, is found along the southwest shore.

The area around the lake has long been inhabited by the Paiute. Beginning in the mid-19th century the introduction of agriculture upstream of Walker Lake has resulted in the water from the Walker River and its tributaries being diverted for irrigation. These diversions have resulted in a severe drop in the level of the lake. According the USGS, the level dropped approximately 140 ft between 1882 and 1994. By October 1, 2012, the lake level was 3,923.2 feet above sea level. This is the lowest lake elevation since measurement began in 1882.
The decline of the lake's fishery is having a dramatic impact on the species of birds using the lake. By 2009, the town of Hawthorne canceled its Loon Festival because the lake, once a major stopover point for migratory loons, could no longer provide enough chub and other small fish to attract many loons.

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has been acquiring water rights to benefit the lake and has submitted applications to the Nevada State Engineer to transfer the water downstream to benefit the lake.
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