The Effects of Drought and Reallocation on Water Resources Planning for the Chattahoochee River Basin
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This paper will consider the problems of inter-jurisdictional water resource management by relating Alabama's recent experiences with drought planning and its involvement in the Comprehensive Study of the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Hint (ACF) River Basin. In both cases, state-level participation in water management activities has been constrained by the existing institutions that address water management issues and the decision-making processes these institutions apply to specific problems. By considering the conflicting scales of participation in both planning examples, we may be better able to reconcile three components of decision making towards improved water management practice: water use, water management practice by alternative users at differing geographical scales, and jurisdictionally-based water policy. The problems associated with poor policy coordination in water resource management also raise concern about how optimal management is depicted for planners. Although planning theory can be unrepresentative of how management occurs across the array of water resource decision-makers, theory can be a strong influence in the development of policies and in funding for specific projects. A premise necessary for this discussion is that water management is practiced within formal, procedural, institutionally organized settings (ie. water permitting) and informally by water managers who may not be documented by these formal planning and resource management processes.