A Southeast River Basin Under Stress

A Southeast River Basin Under Stress

The Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin in Georgia exemplifies a place where many water uses are in
conflict, and future climate change is expected to exacerbate this
conflict.47f6b2ff-a48f-4b48-899d-a901424bf5b2 The basin drains 19,600 square miles in
three states and supplies water for multiple, often competing, uses, including irrigation, drinking water and other municipal
uses, power plant cooling, navigation, hydropower, recreation, and ecosystems. Under future climate change, this basin is
likely to experience more severe water supply shortages, more frequent emptying of reservoirs, violation of environmental flow
requirements (with possible impacts to fisheries at the mouth of the Apalachicola), less energy
generation, and more competition for remaining water. Adaptation options include changes in reservoir storage and release
procedures and possible phased expansion of reservoir
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Additional adaptation options could include water conservation and demand management. (Figure source:
Georgakakos et al. 201047f6b2ff-a48f-4b48-899d-a901424bf5b2).

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