Georgia Considers Redrawing State Boundary To Get Access To Tennesse River


From the US State of Georgia we have another great example of "stuff you just can't make up". This one ranks right up there with spray painting a drought-killed lawn green or blaming the US Army Corps of Engineers for the water shortage, instead of following rational planning recommendations made earlier.

In 1818, a University of Georgia mathematician named James Camak established the boundary between Georgia and Tennessee. He screwed up. Georgia, especially during times of drought, has paid the price ever since.

Today, Georgia legislators masquerading as mapmakers hope to fix Camak's error. They introduced resolutions last week to move the state line 1.1 miles northward — smack into the middle of the bountiful Tennessee River. Billions of gallons of water could then flow unimpeded to parched metro Atlanta.

..."The Tennessee River was part of Georgia long before there was a state of Tennessee," said Sen. David Shafer (R-Duluth), the resolution's sponsor. "I don't understand why a water-sharing agreement can't be worked out between the two states."

See also: Chattanooga To Atlanta: "Come On In. The Water's Fine!"Update::Two dimensions which prospectively could be critical were overlooked both by the Atlanta Journal Constitution article cited, and by the original post.

Persons or businesses contiguous with the existing Tennessee reservoir (pictured) may have established "riparian rights" which include access for recreation and/or water withdrawal. A large new withdrawal by Atlanta would potentially infringe upon those rights.

Additionally, all cities are literally the same in the practice of discharging wastewater downstream from such a reservoir. If a WWTP or even private effluent discharge is downstream of the reservoir shown, those may have been designed and permitted around the existing flow regime (without Atlanta withdrawals). New, large scale withdrawals would potentially prevent the Tennessee municipality from meeting their discharge permit limits in such a situation. That would add cost.

Not so simple as just putting in a pipeline to Atlanta. An EIS would be needed. Moreover, none of this is going to be finished in time for a continuation of the existing drought making matters worse!

Via::Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "Mapmaker's border error raises new water war front" Imge credit::ibid