Gordon spoke out our club on January 29, 2015. He discussed that the Flint originates in Eastpoint, upgradient of ATL airport in GA’s piedmont, and flows to the Florida line where it joins the Chattahoochee to form the Apalachicola. Along the way it passes through piedmont swamps, the Pine Mountain Range ridges and rapids, the upper coastal plain’s sand dune section, and the Dougherty Plain’s Ocala Limestone formation, home of the major recharge area of the Southeastern U.S.’s Floridan Aquifer System.
- The Flint’s flows are overallocated in the uppermost and lowermost sections, for Metro North GA’s municipal and industrial needs in the upper Flint and its tribs, and for agribusiness in the lower Flint and its tribs.
- Both sections see drought-like flows during wet years due to overuse. And, both sections see crippling areas of zero and almost-zero flows during drought years.
- Instead of working to correct the situation, state leaders are using the scarcity of water in the Flint and other rivers to attempt to foster very expensive ‘solutions’ that involve insider relationships between investor/developers and government officials, and pass laws and regulations that would institutionalize low-flow scenarios and usurpations of private property rights as well as public benefits.
- Currently, a project involving a practice known as “Aquifer Storage and Recovery” (ASR) is being attempted in the lower Flint. It is an expensive use of taxpayer dollars that also endangers the integrity and quality of several aquifers in the lower Flint. Even if it works, it will not solve the flow issues in either the lower Flint or the upper, but leaves the upper and middle Flint, plus the Chattahoochee in a very particular way. Citizens can help fight this wasteful, dangerous, and fruitless ‘management practice’ by urging their Senator and Representative to support Senate Bill 36 and House Bill 116, now under consideration in the GA General Assembly. Both of these bills would ban ASR in the 11 coastal counties of GA for the Floridan aquifer. Elected officials should be urged to support the bills, and add to them the counties and aquifers of the Flint. The counties are many. The aquifers are the Floridan, Clayton, Claiborne, and Cretaceous.