Fish and water bugs in the Savannah River will play a key role in developing a drought management plan for Thurmond Lake and the waters flowing downstream.
In early July, Phinizy Center for Water Sciences, an Augusta-based water quality research nonprofit, embarked on a 14-month project to study aquatic insects and fish living in the Savannah River. Researchers will use historical data on water flows and new findings to determine appropriate water releases from Thurmond Dam during droughts to protect the river’s ecology.
The office walls were bare and there were few books on the shelf Monday for new Georgia Regents University President Brooks Keel as he paused during his first day.
“It’s a blank slate,” he said, in more ways than one.
But he has already brought in a key adviser from his former post at Georgia Southern University, he already has ideas of how to better connect his two very different campuses and he is already looking forward to greater connections in health care.