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  Jan 30, 2024

Keowee-Toxaway Region no longer in drought

Greenville, SC – 1/30/2024 – The Keowee-Toxaway (KT) Region is no longer in a drought condition under the Low Inflow Protocol (LIP), according to the KT Drought Management Advisory Group (KT-DMAG).

The group’s drought protocol, known as the Low Inflow Protocol (LIP), is the drought management plan major water users in the region use to share responsibility and set priorities to conserve the limited water supply during drought conditions.

Stage 2, the third of five drought stages outlined in the LIP, was reached on Novemberr 6, 2023.

“Rainfall in December and multiple storms in January have increased water storage in both the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Duke Energy reservoirs and improved stream flows across the basin,” said Phil Fragapane, Lead Engineer with Duke Energy and KT-DMAG coordinator.

Stages of the LIP are based on defined triggers, including reservoir storage and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Drought Plan status, the U.S. Drought Monitor and stream flow. The KT-DMAG reviews these triggers monthly throughout the year.

The Keowee-Toxaway River Basin is located in the Savannah River Basin.

Learn more about the KT-DMAG at duke-energy.com/lakes/ktdmag.asp.