Storage Reallocation in Hydropower Projects of North Georgia

by Joseph A. Goode, Corps of Engineers, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Waterpower '89


Over the past 40 years, the Corps of Engineers has built nine multiple purpose storage projects in Georgia, with hydroelectric power production as a major purpose. Six of the projects are located in the Piedmont Region of north Georgia. Within this region, groundwater is not a reliable source of municipal water supply and these projects are becoming critically important for water needs in Georgia and South Carolina. This paper discusses issues of policy and economics with regard to changing storage use in an existing Corps of Engineers project from power to water supply, and presents a case study for a pending major storage reallocation in Lake Lanier to supply water to metropolitan Atlanta.

Subject Headings: Water storage | Hydro power | Developing countries | Project management | Water supply | Water resources | Case studies | Water policy | United States | Georgia | South Carolina | Atlanta

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