Southeastern Drought of 1988—A Federal Perspectiveby C. Patrick Davis, US Army Corps of Engineers, United States,
Robert M. Watson, III, US Army Corps of Engineers, United States,
Albert G. Holler, Jr., US Army Corps of Engineers, United States,
Document Type: Proceeding Paper
Part of: National Water Conference
The drought that has plagued the Southeastern United States for most of the 1980's is continuing in two major river basins within the geographic boundaries of the South Atlantic Division of the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers. Corps multiple purpose lakes most seriously affected are Lakes Thurmond, Richard B. Russell, and Hartwell on the Savannah River which forms the Georgia-South Carolina state boundary, and Lake Lanier on the Chattahoochee River northeast of Atlanta, Georgia. These lakes provide flood control, hydropower, navigation, recreation, water supply, water quality, and fish and wildlife benefits. This paper discusses hydrologic factors, the extent of the drought, drought effects, and remedial measures.
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