Balanced Instream Flow Management in a Multi-Use Environment: The Augusta Canal Hydropower Project
Mooneyhan, Douglas M.
Leonard, Paul M.
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The City of Augusta, Georgia operates the Augusta Canal as a raw water source, for hydropower to pump raw water, to supply water to independent hydropower entities, and for other important uses such as recreation and aesthetics. In the context of obtaining a Federal license to operate the project, Augusta is now in the process of balancing water needs among multiple uses in a river system highly managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Augusta performed an instream flow study on the portion of the Savannah River bypassed by the Canal, a unique habitat known as the Augusta Shoals, and evaluated Canal user needs. The City is developing a Canal Operations Plan to guide integrated operations while providing balanced consideration of aquatic life, municipal needs and industrial uses.