Georgia Water Science Center

Water—Essential Resource of the Southern Flint River Basin, Georgia

This report is available online in pdf format (5.2 MB): USGS GIP 4 and in html format from the links below.

Debbie Warner, Hydrologist, U.S. Geological Survey, and Virgil Norton, Director, Flint River Water Planning and Policy Center, Albany State University

U.S. Geological Survey General Interest Publication 4, 1 sheet (published 2004)


Abundant water resources of the Flint River Basin have played a major role in the history and development of southwestern Georgia. The Flint River—along with its tributaries, wetlands, and swamps—and the productive aquifers of the river basin are essential components of the area’s diverse ecosystems. These resources also are necessary for sustained agricultural, industrial, and municipal activities. Increasing, and in some cases conflicting, demand for water makes careful monitoring and wise planning and management of southwestern Georgia’s water resources critical to the ecological and economic future of the area. This poster presents the major issues associated with increasing competition for water resources in the southern Flint River Basin.

Table of Contents


Map of the Southern Flint River Basin

Northwest quadrant

Northeast quadrant

Southwest quadrant

Southeast quadrant

Hydrogeology of the Southern Flint River Basin

Economic Activity

Water Quality

Ground-Water/Surface-Water Interactions

Wildlife and Endangered Species

Drought Protection Act

What is Being Done to Protect Water Resources?

Scientific Studies and Monitoring

Agricultural Water Conservation

Flood Tracking

Timeline of Scientific Studies, Water Management, and Major Events Affecting Water Resources

1900 - 1935

1940 - 1960

1968 - 1980

1980 - 1990

1990 - 2000

2000 - 2004

text-only version, all years

References Cited

Report Availability

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