tallapoosa-basin_mapTallapoosa River Basin

Mission Statement: To protect, improve and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the Tallapoosa River Basin to meet and exceed the Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act goals through a basin-wide public/private partnership to include education/outreach, technical assistance, and resource allocation.

Watershed at a Glance

  • Drains 4,675 square miles of land area, 4,025 square miles (85%) of which is in Alabama
  • The headwaters of the Tallapoosa and Little Tallapoosa rivers begin in the Georgia counties of Paulding and Carroll, entering Alabama in Randolph County.
  • Drains portions of 12 Alabama counties and 4 in Georgia
  • The Tallapoosa River is 258 miles long; 214 miles of it flows from the Alabama-Georgia state line to its confluence with the Coosa River, forming the Alabama River north of Montgomery
  • One of ten river systems in Alabama that drains to the Mobile River and then into the Gulf of Mexico
  • Major impoundments (all supporting Alabama Power Company hydroelectric operations): R. L. Harris (Lake Wedowee), Martin, Yates, and Thurlow (Lake Talisi)
  • Major Land Uses: forestry, agriculture/pasture, urban


Watershed Management Plan

Basin Documents

Title Type Size
pdf July 28, 2015 (Middle Tallapoosa) pdf 78 KB Download
pdf February 17, 2016 (Upper Tallapoosa) pdf 130 KB Download
pdf April 28, 2015 (Upper Tallapoosa) pdf 91 KB Download
doc July 12, 2016 (Middle Tallapoosa) doc 75 KB Download
pdf January 19, 2016 (Middle Tallapoosa) pdf 187 KB Download