ACFS Sustainable Water Management Plan

Tupelo Trees by Shannon Lease

Tupelo Trees by Shannon Lease

For decades, the use and management of water in the Apalachicola, Chattahoochee, and Flint River Basin (ACF) has been tied up in the courts. From this disastrous situation, downstream Florida has suffered. We’ve learned that litigation and political grandstanding have been unable to resolve these issues. A grassroots effort by the Apalachicola, Chattahoochee, and Flint Stakeholders (ACFS)—a diverse group representing broad interest sectors in Florida, Georgia, and Alabama— worked for over half a decade to come to agreement about how the freshwater could be equitably and sustainably managed between the states. These Stakeholders now have a plan.

Using data-driven analysis, scientific modeling, and adaptive management, the ACFS achieved a sustainable approach that limits the negative impacts to any of the three states’ water interests. In May 2015, ACFS released its “Sustainable Water Management Plan,” a plan for equitably managing water in the ACF Basin. This plan includes estimates of expected impacts to Apalachicola Bay and actions that can be taken in all three states to better manage the freshwater in the rivers.

The years of litigation and mediation between Florida and Georgia to come to an agreement to fairly manage the water has spent millions and millions of taxpayers’ dollars on lawyers and political posturing, instead of actually improving how we manage water. Florida and Georgia have been given a plan based on sound science and adaptive management for the water in the ACF Basin. The lawyers on both sides of the table should look to this plan to put an end to the water wars.

ACFS Sustainable Water Management Plan

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