Supreme Court Ruling on Southeast Rivers is a Positive Step in Solving Water Conflict

June 27, 2018

American Rivers statement on Florida v. Georgia case

Contact: Ben Emanuel, 706-340-8868
Amy Kober, 503-708-1145

Atlanta – American Rivers today applauded the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the case of Florida v. Georgia, noting it provides the two states and the federal government the opportunity to work toward a lasting solution to water challenges.

American Rivers named the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin in Alabama, Florida and Georgia America’s Most Endangered River in 2016 because outdated water management and rising demand put the basin at a breaking point.

Bob Irvin, President of American Rivers, made the following statement:

“The Court recognized that this river basin’s water-sharing challenges are very important and very complex, and that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers must work with the basin’s states to find lasting solutions to these challenges.”

“We hope that today’s ruling leads the states from water conflict to a new era of cooperation. The water supply challenges in this basin are great, but there is also fertile ground for new and sustainable water supply solutions.”

For more on the 2016 America’s Most Endangered River listing, see:

About American Rivers

American Rivers protects wild rivers, restores damaged rivers and conserves clean water for people and nature. Since 1973, American Rivers has protected and restored more than 150,000 miles of rivers through advocacy efforts, on-the-ground projects and an annual America’s Most Endangered Rivers® campaign. Headquartered in Washington, DC, American Rivers has offices across the country and more than 275,000 members, supporters and volunteers.

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