The Chattahoochee and Flint Rivers flow through Georgia and Alabama before joining to form the Apalachicola River as it heads southward through Florida to the Gulf of Mexico. The Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin, which covers 19,800 square miles, is home to rapidly-expanding urban population centers, as well as to some of America’s most varied and valuable natural habitats. Nature, people and business in all three states depend upon adequate flow in the rivers for life and livelihood.
The Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint Stakeholders (ACFS) group was formally established in 2009, as an outgrowth of conversations that began in earnest in 2008. ACFS is a diverse group of representatives from cities, counties, industries, businesses, fishermen, farmers, historic/cultural, environmental, conservation and recreation groups from all parts of the basin. The group searches for the common ground among water users in all three states that will lead to consensus regarding “Equitable solutions among stakeholders that balance economic, ecological, and social values.” ACFS may be our best hope to resolve the issues without an Act of Congress (literally).
Apalachicola Riverkeeper was one of 7 original stakeholders who spearheaded creation and development of ACFS. Dan Tonsmeire is past Chairman of ACFS and continues to be a dynamic and active leader in the organization, advocating for solutions that are fair to all, and which will protect and help restore the health and productivity of the Apalachicola River and Bay.