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ACT/ACF River Basin Compact: What Have We Learned? Roger A. Burke

Southeast and Tennessee Watershed Roundtable Presentation, 2004

The water resources of the Alabama, Coosa, and Tallapoosa River Basin, which drains over 22,000 square miles of Georgia and Alabama, and the Apalachicola, Chattahoochee, and Flint River Basin, which drains almost 20,000 square miles of Georgia, Alabama, and Florida, have been extensively developed to address human needs.

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Alabama Coosa Tallapoosa Apalachicola Chattahoochee Flint River Basins Comprehensive Water Resources Study
The southeastern United States generally experiences abundant rainfall and the water resources in this region have been developed to serve a variety of purposes including navigation, flood control, hydropower, water supply, water quality, and recreation. While abundant, water is a finite resource. This was vividly demonstrated when periods of drought in 1981, 1986 and 1988, restricted or curtailed some uses and required special conservation measures to endure the shortages.
This Comprehensive Study focuses on water resource issues in two basins: the Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa (ACT) in the States of Alabama and Georgia and the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) in Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. These basins both originate in north Georgia and have a common boundary of approximately 233 miles. Both basins have experienced rather extensive water resource development in the form of multiple purpose reservoirs by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and non-Federal interests. There are 10 Corps reservoirs and 21-non Federal reservoirs.

Federal Agencies Partner on Marine Debris Program

EPA, NOAA and nine other federal agencies have announced the completion of an interagency report that guides the strategies of individual federal agencies and of the Interagency Marine Debris Coordinating Committee (IMDCC) to prevent and reduce marine debris. The report also discusses marine debris efforts, recent progress and innovative ways to reduce the problem in the future.

 



Gulfbase.org
GulfBase is a database of resources about the Gulf of Mexico. The goal of this website is to regroup, synthesize, and make freely available Gulf of Mexico research information. Our vision is that GulfBase will help researchers, policy makers, and the general public work together to insure long-term sustainable use and conservation of the Gulf of Mexico.


Interstate Water Agreements
In 1997, Alabama, Florida and Georgia asked Congress and the President of the United States to establish interstate water compacts for two major river systems: the Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa (ACT) river system shared by Alabama and Georgia, and the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) river system shared by Alabama, Florida and Georgia. The compacts, or agreements, authorized the three states to develop plans for allocating and managing the two river systems to meet water needs through 2030 and beyond.

Interstate Water Disputes: A Road Map for States
Disputes between states over their shared waters have long been common in the arid West. The Colorado River was first divvied up in 1922, after years of interstate wrangling. In recent decades, as populations have risen, similar conflicts have developed in the East. Maryland and Virginia fight over the Potomac; South Carolina squares off against North Carolina over the Pee Dee River, and against Georgia over the Savannah River; and in what is perhaps the most contentious of these battles, Alabama, Florida, and Georgia clash over the waters of the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river basin. Competing demands include booming cities, agriculture, industry, environmental protection, fisheries, power generation, navigation, and a host of other human and non-human uses.


Mississippi River / Gulf of Mexico Watershed Nutrient Task Force

The Mississippi River Basin is the largest watershed in North America, draining 41% of the continental United States and discharging into the Northern Gulf of Mexico.  Aquatic ecosystems, and national and local economies, depend on healthy, oxygen-rich Gulf waters, which can be negatively impacted by excess nutrients (eutrophication). In 1997, a coalition of federal, state, and tribal agencies established the Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Watershed Nutrient Task Force to understand the causes and effects of eutrophication in the Gulf of Mexico and to coordinate activities to help reduce the area of oxygen-depleted water in the Gulf, also known as the hypoxic zone.



 
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