Southeastern Drought of 1986 - Lessons Learned

by C. Patrick Davis, Corps of Engineers, Atlanta, GA, USA,
Albert G. Holler, Corps of Engineers, Atlanta, GA, USA,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering Hydrology

Abstract: An interim drought management plan for the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (A-C-F) river basin was completed in April, 1985, just in time for testing as the drought developed. Objectives of the plan include development of hydrologic factors which indicate the onset of a drought and a coordination program. This paper describes the plan, the results, and needed changes. It also discusses the hydrologic conditions of the drought, including precipitation, groundwater, and streamflow conditions. One of the lessons learned was the need for a more accurate and comprehensive system study which can account for the needs of hydropower, navigation, water supply, water quality, and recreation. This paper describes the computer program used to develop the system study.

Subject Headings: Droughts | Hydrology | Water-based recreation | Water quality | Water resources | Rivers and streams

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