The Apalachicola, Chattahoochee, and Flint (ACF) Rivers, along with the Apalachicola Bay, link the people and natural systems of Alabama, Florida, and Georgia. Balancing the water needs between three states and various sectors creates complex water management challenges, which are further intensified during times of drought.
In response to a request by regional stakeholders, and in close partnerships with state and regional partners, NOAA’s National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) has launched the new ACF River Basin Drought and Water Dashboard and ACF Drought Story Map These web resources will improve the public’s ability to view real-time information with interactive, shareable, and easy-to-understand graphics on current and predicted drought conditions, and assist decision-making at the basin and local level.
This ACF Dashboard reflects a partnership of federal, state, and regional stakeholders, and was developed in close collaboration with the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information. The content of this new Dashboard is user-driven, created following extensive iterative feedback from over 100 diverse stakeholders in the basin, and intentionally designed to meet the diverse drought information needs across the region.
The new Dashboard will help the public, decision makers, and the media get answers to many questions, such as:
- Why does drought matter to the ACF River Basin?
- What are the current drought and water conditions across the basin, but also in my county?
- What should we expect over the next 3 months?
- How does this drought compare to previous droughts in the basin?
- Where can I get additional information?
For more information, contact Meredith Muth.