At Risk: Water supply for communities, farms, recreation, and wildlife
Threat: Outdated water management
The Flint River provides water for over one million people, 10,000
farms, unique wildlife, and 300 miles of exceptional fishing and
paddling. Despite being in a historically wet area of the country,
in recent years many Flint River tributaries are drying up
completely and the river’s low flows have dropped dramatically.
American Rivers and Flint Riverkeeper are working in collaboration
with diverse partners to restore the flows and health of the Flint.
The State of Georgia also has a role to play and must act to protect
the Flint in droughts and at all times to safeguard the river’s
health for today and future generations.
The Flint is a river running dry. The reasons are many, and include
Valdosta City Council Tim Carroll spoke about the need for watershed-wide
planning to reduce flooding and provide water for agriculture with
distributed flood containment reservoirs.
materials he sent in advance
as well as to some additional data about water quality measurements
upstream and downstream of selected points.
And he sent an update the next day.
Valdosta City Council member Tim Carroll will speak tonight
at the monthly WWALS Watershed Coalition board meeting
at 7:30 PM at the IHOP in Adel (exit 39 from I-75, 1200 W 4th St, Adel, GA, 229-896-2662); the public is invited.
In advance he sent the appended letter from the City of Valdosta
to the Army Corps of Engineers requesting assistance related to
flooding and droughts.
March 11, 2013
Chief of Planning Division
US Army Corps of Engineers – Savannah District Office
100 W. Oglethorpe Avenue
Savannah, Georgia 31401
Dear Mr. Bailey,
Over the last several years, the City of Valdosta and neighboring
communities have been severely impacted by the increase of flood
events that have occurred throughout our region and particularly the
drainage basin we are located in. The city recognizes the various
levels of responsibility throughout government agencies for flood
management and flood control and is interested in furthering the
discussions to understand the changes that are occurring and to
ensure the protection of our communities from future flood events.
In February 2009, the city began updating its 1996 Master Stormwater
Management Plan. In April, just two months later, our county along
with 46 counties in south Georgia, experienced historic flooding and
were declared disaster areas. The Federal Emergency Management
Agency (FEMA) reported