Allocating Chattahoochee River Water Rights

by Stephen E. Draper, Draper Engineering Research, Atlanta, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Resources Planning and Management and Urban Water Resources


Recent proposals to reallocate Chattahoochee River waters to provide water supply for Atlanta, Georgia have caused great concern to downstream users in Alabama, Florida and Georgia. A review of pertinent water rights law reveals that such reallocation is clearly within the powers of the U.S. Congress. However, the review also reveals that timely resolution to the conflict can only occur by a compromise among Alabama, Florida and Georgia.

Subject Headings: Water rights | Water supply | Rivers and streams | Water policy | Developing countries | Water resources | Hydro power | Dispute resolution | United States | Georgia | Florida | Alabama | Atlanta

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