Environmental impact statements, water allocation for the Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa (ACT) river basin and Apalacidcola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) river basin. Background and approach for preparation of environmental impact statements: a programmatic evaluation approach
Brandt, Joanne U.
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This paper describes the programmatic evaluation approach being used by a team of Federal agencies in preparation of environmental impact statements (EISs), which address the range of potential environmental and socio-economic impacts for the future allocation of water resources within the Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa (ACT) and Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) River Basins. The programmatic approach includes hydrologic modeling to produce a range of flow conditions, which are anticipated to bracket the range of flow conditions that would result from any allocation of water resources. The environmental impacts for the modeled range of flows are then presented in the EISs, which will form a basis for decisions by the Federal Commissioner to the River Basin Compact Commissions on whether to proceed with implementation of allocation formulas currently being negotiated by the States of Alabama, Florida and Georgia