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The ACF River Basin is the watershed of the
Apalachicola/Chattahoochee/Flint River Basin, in the United States,
that begins in northern Georgia and flows into the Gulf of Mexico at
Apalachicola Bay, near Apalachicola, Florida. The basin drains an
area of more than 19,300 square miles (50,000 km²).[1]
These states and Alabama have been involved in a water-use dispute
for two decades, known as the Tri-state water dispute.[1][2] Georgia
has also lobbied the United States Congress to end navigation on the
Appalachicola and lower Chattahoochee, to conserve more water
during droughts. Keeping the two rivers at a navigable depth during
these times requires large releases from dams upstream, sending
potential drinking water downstream for shipping, and often dropping
lakes to levels dangerous to boaters.
Other concerns include harvests of oysters in Apalachicola Bay, which
require a large enough flow of fresh water to prevent excessive
saltwater intrusion from the Gulf. [3] The cost of dredging silt, much of          Map of the ACF watershed showing the Apalachicola and
it from uncontrolled growth across metro Atlanta's fine red clay soil,           its two main tributaries, the Chattahoochee and Flint Rivers.
has also been called wasteful to float so little ship traffic. [4]

References
   1. ^ a b Richter, Brian D.; Mathews, Ruth Harrison, David L. and Wigington, Robert (February 2003). "Ecologically Sustainable Water
      Management: Managing River Flows For Ecological Integrity"      (PDF). Ecological Applications 13 (1): 206–224. doi:10.1890/1051-
      0761(2003)013[0206:ESWMMR]2.0.CO;2 . Archived from the original           on 2006-12-14. Retrieved 2007-02-14.
   2. ^ Edgens, Jefferson G (Spring 2001). "Thirst for growth". Forum for Applied Research and Public Policy 16 (1): 14–8.
   3. ^ Wilber, DH (August 1992). "Association Between Freshwater Inflows and Oyster Productivity in Apalachicola Bay, Florida".
      Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 35 (2): 179–190. doi:10.1016/S0272-7714(05)80112-X .
   4. ^ "Florida Reaffirms Commitment to Protect Apalachicola River: Officials call for end to dredging"    (Press release). Florida
      Department of Environmental Protection. 2003-07-30. Retrieved 2007-02-14.

External links
   U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: ACF Basin
   Apalachicola River Watershed - Florida DEP


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