Minimize Way down yonder on the Chattahoochee

Landsat 8 captured a natural-colour image of the Chattahoochee on 9 April 2016.

From its origin in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Chattahoochee River traces Georgia's western edge all the way to Florida. At more than 430 miles long, the river flows through 13 dams.

In 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed the National Parks and Recreation Act, which set the stage for the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. In 2012, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar established a National Water Trail System to promote the conservation of waterways and create more opportunities for recreation. The Chattahoochee River National Water Trail became the first of its designated trails.

The river supplies Atlanta with water for drinking and wastewater removal. It also powers 16 of the Chattahoochee basin's 22 power-generating plants, according to the Georgia River Network.

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Credit: NASA Earth Observatory - Additional editing by the eoPortal team.


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