Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin

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Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin Facts

Basin Area: 51281 51,281 km²
19,794.466 mi²
km2
Type:watershed or basin

Includes Riparians: Georgia (U.S.); Alabama; Florida;
Facts about included riparians are at the end of the article. Fact References[1] [2]

All Facts about Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin

The ACF basin lies in Georgia, Alabama, and Florida and contains three smaller basins (the Apalachicola River, the Chattahoochee River & Flint River basins) and five major aquifer systems.

Water management in the ACF has long been a highly contentious issue. Conflict over water in the ACF is largely driven by three competing demands: water for urban and industrial uses (water quantity, assets, and governance) in upstream Atlanta, agricultural water needs (water quantity and assets) in southern Georgia, and water for ecological and fisheries needs (ecosystems, water quantity, water quality) in Florida’s Apalachicola Bay.


Geography

The ACF basin lies in Georgia, Alabama, and Florida and contains three smaller basins (the Apalachicola River, the Chattahoochee River & Flint River basins) and five major aquifer systems. [3]

The Chattahoochee and Flint Rivers flow south to converge at Lake Seminole, and from there the Apalachicola River flows to Apalachicola Bay.

ACF Basin, courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Water Use

Surface water (86% of basin usage) is used mostly for power generation, public water supply (including domestic, industrial, and commercial use), self-supplied for commercial or industrial use, and agricultural use.[3]

Groundwater (14% of basin usage) is primarily used for irrigated agriculture, and then public supply. A smaller portion of groundwater is used for self-supplied domestic or commericial-industrial use. [3]

Water Use in the ACF Basin[3]



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Riparians Water Features

Located in this basin- Georgia (U.S.)
Located in this basin- Alabama
Located in this basin- Florida





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Facts about Included Riparians

RiparianPopulation in BasinArea within Basin in sq. kmIrrigated Lands within Basin in sq kmAverage Discharge in cubic m per second
Georgia (U.S.)
Alabama
Florida
  1. ^ Richter, Brian D., Mathews, R H, Harrison, D. L. and Wigington, R. (February 2003) Ecologically Sustainable Water Management: Managing River Flows For Ecological Integrity Ecological Applications volume 13 issue 1 pages 206–224. Available online: http://web.archive.org/web/20061214110920/http://www.nature.org/summit/files/eswm.pdf last accessed: Feb 28 2013
  2. ^ USGS. The Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) River National Water Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program study Available online: http://ga.water.usgs.gov/nawqa/publications/environ.html
  3. ^ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Couch, C. A.; Hopkins, E. H.; and Hardy, P. S. (1996) Influences of environmental settings on aquatic ecosystems in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River basin USGS Water-Resources Investigations Report: 95-4278. (available online:http://pubs.usgs.gov/wri/1995/4278/report.pdf)