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ACF Master Water Control Manual Update

Master Water Control Manual Update Environmental Impact Statement for the Apalachicola – Chattahoochee – Flint River Basin




 Mr. Douglas W. Lamont, Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, signed the Record of Decision (ROD) for the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on March 30, 2017 allowing for the approval of the Water Control Manuals for the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin.  Brigadier General David Turner, Commander South Atlantic Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, approved the Water Control Manuals for the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin on March 30, 2017.  The signature by the South Atlantic Division Commander signifies that the impacts of the water control manual update, as presented in the EIS, are in compliance with pertinent laws, executive orders, and regulations and have been fully considered in making the decision.

The updated plans and manuals comply with existing USACE regulations and reflect operations under existing congressional authorizations, taking into account changes in basin hydrology and demands from years of growth and development, new/rehabilitated structural features, legal developments, and environmental issues.  USACE regulations also provide specific policy and guidance for inclusion of drought contingency plans as part of USACE’s overall water control management activities.

Water Control Manuals outline the regulation schedules for each project and specifications for storage and releases from each reservoir. Water Control Manuals outline policies and data protocols for flood risk management operations and drought contingency operations. Updated Water Control Manuals are needed to enable managers to strike the best balance possible for the many purposes and demands. A complex set of factors is needed to determine appropriate water management at each lake. In addition to the authorized project purposes, power contract commitments, hydrologic and climatologic factors, downstream lake and basin-wide conditions, potential threats of flood and drought, and lake levels must all be considered. It is a tough balancing act.

About This Web Site

The purpose of this site is to keep members of the public and other interested parties up-to-date on the progress of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the master Water Control Manual update for the ACF River Basin. The project background is presented here along with information on the Master Water Control Manual. Additionally, information on the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process is available along with a listing and description of public involvement activities.

Through this site you can sign up to receive updates on USACE progress by joining the mailing listview documents currently published for this project (e.g., the Final Scoping Report, federal notices, newsletters, and Draft/Final EIS when available); and read answers to frequently asked questions about the project. A bibliography of data sources is provided that includes information regarding sources used in the project. All suggested sources will be considered and possibly added to the bibliography of data sources.

The information contained herein is for general informational purposes only and is subject to change.


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