Resolving the Water Wars: The Compacts Between Alabama, Florida, and Georgia

by G. Robert Kerr,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: WRPMD'99: Preparing for the 21st Century


(No paper) Several water supply proposals on behalf of Georgia have caused a water rights ?war? which pits Alabama and Florida against Georgia in the Apalachicola, Chattahoochee, and Flint Rivers Basin (ACF), and Alabama against Georgia in the Alabama, Coosa, and Tallapoosa Rivers Basin (ACT), The proposals include reallocation of conservation storage in Lake Lanier in the Chattahoochee River Basin, and Lakes Allatoona and Carter in the Coosa River Basin from hydropower generation to water supply for municipal and industrial users, and a proposal to build a water supply reservoir in the Tallapoosa River Basin. The Chattahoochee River is the primary water source for water supply in north-central and western Georgia and eastern Alabama. Rising near the northeastern border of Georgia, the River flows southwest to form the border of Alabama and Georgia for some 200 miles to its juncture with the Flint River at the Florida border. At that juncture, the combined flows become the Apalachicola River, The issue is diversion of water from the Chattahoochee River to meet the Metro Atlanta area's projected water needs.

Subject Headings: Water supply | Developing countries | Water rights | Rivers and streams | Transboundary water | Basins | Water resources | Spillways | United States | Georgia | Alabama | Florida | Atlanta

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