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Fish community response to commercial operation of the Richard B Russell pump-storage hydropower facility on the Savannah River, GA-SC

Duration

October 2007 - September 2010

Narrative

The purpose of this project is to continue the research into the fish community response to full commercial operation of the J. Strom Thurmond and Richard B. Russell hydropower project; this work will be used to evaluate data collected previously on JST and RBR by the Georgia Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. The goals for the 5-year effort are two fold. First, evaluate the effects of full commercial pump-back operation of the Russell Project; and second, provide statistically-rigorous, scientifically-sound information on which to base management decisions about the operation of the Russell Project. The proposed study will encompass a variety of hydrological and climatological conditions and several year-classes of blueback herring and threadfin shad.

Objectives and Methods:
Task One: Evaluate fish community response in JST and RBR reservoirs to commercial operation of the Russell Project.
Objective: Monitor trends in fish populations in the Savannah River Arm of Reservoir and the lower third of Richard B. Russell Reservoir.
Task 1-A Routine Gill Net Surveys
Task 1-B Supplemental Gill Net Surveys
Task 1-C Electrofishing
Task 1-D Cove Rotenone
Task Two: Evaluate response of pelagic fishes to the installment and operation of a dissolved oxygen diffuser system in JST Reservoir.
Objective: Determine if pelagic species with high dissolved oxygen requirements use habitat created by the operation of dissolved oxygen diffuser installed in JST Reservoir.
Task 2-A Diffuser System Gill Net Surveys

 

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 3

Masters Students: 6

Phd Students: 3

Post Docs: 3

University Staff: 4

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 13

Scientific Publications: 41

Presentations: 133

 

Personnel

Funding Agencies

  • Corps of Engineers

Links

Georgia Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Georgia Department of Natural Resources
  2. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  3. U.S. Geological Survey
  4. University of Georgia
  5. Wildlife Management Institute