Southwest Georgia Water Management Issues
North, Ronald M.
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The on-going federal and multi-state water resources study of the two sets of tri-rivers (Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint Rivers and the Alabama- Coosa-Tallapoosa Rivers) in Georgia, Florida, and Alabama has provided considerable technical detail of water needs and supplies for the various segments of the human and natural activities in the basins. The southwest Georgia region is primarily concerned with the management and allocation issues associated with the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River basins. Within the ACF, the main focus of southwest Georgia interests is on the Flint River basin and the aquifers underlying this basin. There are many areas of potential conflict and unresolved policies regarding water management (supplies and demands) in the area, very roughly defined as the portions of Georgia west of 1-75 and south of the fall line. Some of these issues are internal to the region, and others are external with users upstream and downstream. There is not much direct conflict in the immediate border of southeast Alabama. The panel will address some of the important and largely (at this time) unresolved policy issues and management needs, as well as the status of scientific, managerial and technical knowledge required to use and conserve the surface and ground waters of southwest Georgia effectively and fairly.