Published on April 14th, 2016 |


Chattahoochee River basin rated ‘most endangered’ in country

American Rivers announced its annual list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers this week and named the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin in Alabama, Florida and Georgia the “Most Endangered” in the country–citing outdated water management and rising demand that are putting the basin at a breaking point.

The water conflict that has gripped the region for almost three decades has come to a head with Florida’s U.S. Supreme Court suit against Georgia and the latest attempt by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to update its protocols for managing the basin.

The Chattahoochee Riverkeeper organization is calling on the governors of Alabama, Florida and Georgia to quickly form a transparent, water-sharing agreement that protects the rivers, and on the USACE to significantly improve water management to sustain river health.

The annual America’s Most Endangered Rivers report is a list of rivers at a crossroads, where key decisions in the coming months will determine the rivers’ fates. Rivers are chosen for the list based on the following criteria: 1) The magnitude of the threat, 2) A critical decision-point in the coming year and 3) The significance of the river to people and nature.

Chattahoochee Riverkeeper has worked to find an equitable solution to the tri-state water conflict and has said it will continue to advocate for solutions to ensure that current and future generations have enough clean water.

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