Petition the U.S. Congress: Save the Apalachicola River and Bay
Mismanagement of the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river system by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is starving the Apalachicola River and Bay of the freshwater they need to survive. The Army Corps is keeping water levels in the Apalachicola River so low that the Floodplain is completely disconnected from the river flows much of the year such that the river’s floodplain has lost more than 4 million trees, and fish and fish habitat are drastically reduced.
Lack of freshwater reaching the Apalachicola Bay has caused the Bay’s oyster, shrimp, crab and fish populations to collapse, devastating the regional economy and causing untold harm to the many people who rely on a healthy River, Floodplain and Bay for their livelihoods and way of life.
Congress created this problem by giving the Army Corps a free hand to manage the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint system to benefit upstream
states at the expense of Floridians and the River, Floodplain and Bay.
Only Congress can fix this problem.
The undersigned call on Congress to act now to pass legislation requiring the Army Corps to operate the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river system to ensure that the Apalachicola River, Floodplain, and Bay receive the freshwater flows they need to support, restore, and reestablish healthy populations of fish and wildlife and the vibrant resource conservation based economy that relies on a healthy natural system.