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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Lawmakers Ask for Study of Apalachicola River, Bay

Published 6/18/2008
U.S. Senator Bill Nelson (D-Florida) and U.S. Congressman Allen Boyd (D-North Florida) today introduced legislation calling for a comprehensive study of the water management, needs, and conservation along the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) River System. The legislation introduced in the Senate and the House of Representatives would require the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to enter into an agreement with the National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academies to conduct a basin-wide assessment of the ACF system.

“It is clear from talking with Florida’s stakeholders, the Corps, and the Fish & Wildlife Service that more information about the ACF system, specifically the impact of freshwater flows on the Apalachicola Bay, is desperately needed,” said Boyd. “This study will show the real impact that low water flows have had on our river and bay. The National Research Council has a long history of providing policy makers and the public with expert advice based on sound scientific evidence and research. A study by the NRC will allow the three states and the Corps to develop a more successful, long term water management solution that recognizes the needs of all the users along the ACF system.”

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