Water Management of the Tenn-Tom Water

by Edmund B. Burkett, Corps of Engineers, Mobile, AL, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Forum '86: World Water Issues in Evolution


In December 1984 the final segments of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway were completed. The Waterway connects the Tennessee River to the Gulf of Mexico at the City of Mobile. The total length of the project is 234 miles with 10 locks and dams which raise the water surface a total of 340 feet. The project is in a region of moderate rainfall - about 52 inches per year. The project has greatly changed the appearance of the river channel and valley and will have great impacts on land use and the economy of the region. This paper deals primarily with several features involving the control of water in the project and the impact the project has had on the flow regime and hydraulics of the Tombigbee River basin.

Subject Headings: Water resources | Water management | Waterways | River flow | Project management | Hydraulics | Hydrology | Tennessee | United States | Gulf of Mexico

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