Flint River is part of group on endangered rivers list

It's one of 10 rivers nationwide to make the list. (Source:WALB)
It's one of 10 rivers nationwide to make the list. (Source:WALB)

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Flint is part of a connected river group that tops this year's endangered list put out by American Rivers. The Flint River has been on the list before but never at the top. This year, the Apalachichola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin is number one on the list.

American Rivers Associate Director Ben Emanuel says the basin has a low flow throughout the system during drought years.
Disagreements on water-sharing between Georgia, Florida and Alabama and an outdated water management plan by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers set our area up for lasting economic and environmental damage.
Emanuel says a proposed new water management plan could help protect the vital water resources in the river basin.

"We're asking for the Governors of the three states to come together and take some real steps towards creating an institution across the three states regardless of the state lines that would manage water in the basin and coordinate water management throughout the basin," said Ben Emanuel, Associate Director for American Rivers Atlanta Office.

Emanuel says there needs to be a better practice of water conservation from municipalities in Atlanta and from farmers in our area who use the Flint and its tributaries for crop irrigation.

There are 10 rivers nationwide on the list. Click here to see the list.

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