Records in the Georgia Archives related to Water Resources
A search of the Georgia Archives internal database yields well over 2,000 references to water resources within our collections. References to water are scattered throughout the records but found primarily within the records of the Office of the Governor and the Department of Natural Resources.
Although the Archives cannot list every available record here, what follows is a list of the key records related to water resources. These items were selected for one or more of the following reasons:
Correspondence relating to the creation of the Georgia Water Law Revision Commission. Progress Report 1955, newspaper clippings, reports on legal aspects of water in Georgia. (Book) Study on Water Law. (Book) Study of Riparian and Prior Appropriation Doctrines of Water Law
Water Resources Council records including correspondence, annual reports, studies, President orders Federal Water Policies and cooperation between Federal and State Agencies.
Metropolitan Atlanta Water Resources Study
Map of Lake Lanier with statistical data, history of Buford dam, and data for water levels. Booklet: “Buford Dam” discussing re-regulation alternatives for water storage and flow (1977?). Large Photo of Lake Lanier.
Records of National Governors Association subcommittee studying impact of national policy on states. Includes report “Comments on National Water Policy Review by State of Georgia” October 25, 1977.
Records related to Four County Water Study, 1979-1980. Includes Metropolitan Atlanta Water Resources Management Study: Water Supply Study Coweta, Fayette, Henry, and Spalding Counties Summary Report (Corps of Engineers, September 1978).
Corps of Engineers records including Interim Report on Metropolitan Atlanta Water Resources Study, speech by Joe Tanner at the 1978 Conference on Water Resources, and similar materials including plans for flow regulation of Chattahoochee needed to meet long range water supply needs; seeking water resource management alternatives for Lake Lanier
Final Report: Long Range Water Supply Study, Metropolitan Atlanta Area from Chattahoochee River to Atlanta,
water withdraws from upstream of Lake Lanier, 1980.
Subjects include Atlanta Water Resources Study - Long Range Report-Final 1980, and reports from 1981 and 1982, Executive Meeting
1980 Agenda, letters of opinion about interim water study report; summaries of public meetings, draft of Long-range Water Supply
Study, recommendations on which plans to use, and 1982 Metro Atlanta Water Study, testimony by Michael Lomax before US Senate
Subcommittee on Water Resources; support letters from county officials of different counties.
Drought planning and management focusing on the Apalachicola, Chattahoochee and Flint (AFC) rivers including Corps of Engineers
general files 1980-1981 and ACF-Memorandum of Understanding regarding Drought Management 1984-1985.
Correspondence from different agencies concerning water supply, water reservoirs, water storage, ideas, goals. Interstate Conference
on Water Problems (ICWP). Report of the Lake Lanier Study Committee 1982. Studies on Georgia Rivers, Newsletters-Georgia Waterline,
Geological Survey 1985- Water Resource Conditions.
Comments and input from different agencies and organizations on how water in the Three River Basin
(Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint) should be allocated during a drought.
Corps of Engineers “Reconnaissance Report, Northeast Georgia Water Resources Manager Study, February 1983.
Georgia-Alabama-Florida Water Dispute Agreement, 1991.
Tri-State Water Agreement, 1991.
Joe Tanner files re negotiations regarding the interstate water compacts – Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint and
Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa River basins, 1997
Final report of the Clean Water Initiative, November 2000; reports on water policy planning, 1999
Governor Barnes declares State of Emergency for Carroll and Chattooga counties due to drought conditions, August 2000 and in
Jasper County in September 2000.
Records include a Georgia-Alabama-Florida Memo of Agreement; agenda and notes including talking points for a meeting between
Governors Perdue, Riley, and Bush, April 13, 2003; paper “A Concept on the Possible Structural Elements of a Water Allocation Formula
for the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin” prepared by the Office of Federal Commissioners ACT/ACF River Basin
Commissioners, April 8, 2003.
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