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Office of Water Resources

ADECA's Office of Water Resources administers programs for river basin management, river assessment, water supply assistance, water conservation, flood mapping, the National Flood Insurance Program and water resources development. Further, OWR serves as the state liaison with federal agencies on major water resources related projects and conducts any special studies on instream flow needs as well as administering environmental education and outreach programs to increase awareness of Alabama’s water resources.

Mission Statement

The Division plans, coordinates, develops and manages Alabama's water resources, both ground and surface water, in a manner that is in the best interest of the state. This includes recommending policies and legislation, conducting technical studies, implementing and participating in programs and projects and actively representing Alabama's intra and interstate water resource interests.


News / Announcements

Alabama Drought Management Plan Revision Released

OWR has, in coordination with the Alabama Drought Assessment and Planning Team (ADAPT) and the Alabama Water Resources Commission (AWRC), has revised the Alabama Drought Management Plan. Key improvement areas included in the revision are:

  • Changes to ADAPT and MIG operational procedures
  • Requirement for local public water system (PWS) drought plans
  • Requirement for reporting of drought restrictions
  • Discussion of reservoir system drought operations
  • Improvement of the US Drought monitor input process
  • Providing additional flexibility in drought declarations by OWR
  • Discussion of water conservation and efficiency programs and initiatives

For more details, click here. To download a copy of the 2018 revision to the Alabama Drought Management Plan, click here.

Drought Declaration

Click here for the latest drought declaration.

2017 OWR Surface Water Assessment Report

The 2017 OWR Surface Water Assessment Report is available for download. This report contains OWR’s assessment of water use (both withdrawals and net consumption) for the 2010 and 2040 time periods, estimates of streamflows for subbasins throughout Alabama, and a comparison of water use and streamflows.

Click here to read the report and get more information​.


Phone: (334) 242-5499, or toll free: 1-877-ALA WATER (1-877-252-9283)

Fax: (334) 242-0776  |

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