The past decade presented the southeastern United States with two of the worst droughts of the last century.  During times of drought, the management of our fresh water resource has taken center stage, especially for those of us that are tightly connected to our lakes and rivers.   I have spent quite a bit of time trying to understand how the Corps of Engineers (COE) manages the water in the Savannah River system which includes lakes Hartwell, Russell and Thurmond.  Competing interests of stakeholders mean that there is always someone who is not going to be happy with the way that happens.  The COE has made changes regarding the minimum flows in the Savannah River which keeps more water in the lakes.    Our lakes are fed by the Keowee/Toxaway system in Upstate SC which is managed by Duke Energy.  So while COE water management has been front and center for us, it has always been interesting to me that there has been very little discussion about how much water Keowee/Toxaway releases to the Savannah River.  Apparently, others have been wondering about that, too.  Representatives from the COE, SE Power and Duke Power have reached a new agreement which reflects increased pumping capabilities since the original agreement was  put into place.  This new agreement will allow Duke Energy to make flow releases to support downstream water needs deeper into severe droughts.  This is welcome news for all of us downstream.  Our thanks to all of those who helped make this happen.