Reflections on the A.C.F. and A.C.T. Basin Compacts
Melton, Harold D.
Silliman, R. Todd
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Over a fourteen-year period that began in 1990 and ended with the termination of the ACF and ACT Basin Compacts, the State of Georgia endeavored to develop with Alabama and Florida agreements that would guarantee the downstream States a fair and reasonable supply of water while safeguarding, to the maximum extent possible, Georgia’s flexibility to manage its waters for the benefit of all Georgians. From the perspective of Georgia’s negotiators, Georgia offered meaningful state-line stream flow guarantees and limitations on Georgia’s water use. Ultimately, the three States could not reach agreement. Nevertheless, the years of interstate and federal-state study, cooperation, and negotiation greatly advanced the level of knowledge regarding the water resources of the ACF and ACT Basins and could help provide the foundation for a future resolution of the disputes.