October 22, 2020

Study calls Chattahoochee River ‘Most Endangered’

Courtesy of Tyler H. Jones and the Lagrange Daily News

(Lagrange, GA) — The basin that includes the Chattahoochee, Apalachicola and Flint rivers is the country’s most endangered, according to a study released today by the conservation nonprofit American Rivers.

The annual America’s Most Endangered Rivers report says chronic mismanagement of the rivers, coupled with legal jockeying between Florida, Alabama and Georgia overwater control has “put the basin at a breaking point.”

Excessive water use, mishandling by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and political gridlock have caused disastrous consequences for Florida’s Apalachicola Bay, the report says. Oyster, crab, shrimp and other species in the bay — where the rivers deposit into the Gulf of Mexico — were “decimated in 2012 and have scarcely recovered since,” the report states.

American Rivers uses the report to call on policy makers in Florida, Alabama and Georgia to develop long-term sustainability plans for the river system, and urges the Army Corps to vary the water flow to maintain the health of the Apalachicola River, floodplain and bay system. Without changes, “the bay is headed for irreversible ecological collapse,” a statement from American Rivers says.

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In this photo from American Rivers, Lake Lanier, which is fed by the Chattahoochee River, sits dry during a drought period. American Rivers today named the Chattahoochee River one of the most endangered in the country.

In this photo from American Rivers, Lake Lanier, which is fed by the Chattahoochee River, sits dry during a drought period. American Rivers today named the Chattahoochee River one of the most endangered in the country.

Comments

  1. after careful thought and a lot sleepless nights i have a plan. If we send all the YANKEE refuges home we will be alright.

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