In his February 2017 legal summary, Special Master, Ralph Lancaster (appointed by the court) included the following: "The facts presented at trial demonstrate the gravity of the dispute between Florida and Georgia. As the evidentiary hearing made clear, Florida points to real harm and, at the very least, likely misuse of resources by Georgia.
There is little question that Florida has suffered harm from decreased flows in the River." While Florida was not granted the water relief that was sought after the month-long trial, the full Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in consideration of the legal case. A ruling is expected later this year.
Equitable sharing of the water is possible and we hope that the justices' decision will set us on that path.
Oil Drilling in Calhoun County
There is another important Planning Commission meeting in Calhoun County on Tuesday, January 9, 5 pm CT. Calhoun County residents can express their concerns to their county commissioners today with calls/emails and/or at the hearing. The County could pass a comp plan change to agriculture land, opening much of Calhoun to oil drilling. Potential accidents or oil spills could threaten wetlands, critical habitats and endanger drinking water supply.
As you know, Dan Tonsmeire will be retiring in 2018. Dan has served as the Apalachicola Riverkeeper since 2004. Dan Tonsmeire and Georgia Ackerman continuework together as she gets up to speed in her new role as Executive Director-Riverkeeper.
Yes! We will have a send off party to thank Dan for all his work, during our annual Member Meeting on April 7 in Apalachicola. May we suggest renewing your membership today.
Details Here Join conservation partners and Keynote Speaker, Bob Graham for a national conference focusing on the Apalachicola Riverkeeper. March 14-16 in Tallahassee, Florida. This conference will bring renewed attention to the ecological, cultural and economic importance of the Apalachicola River, Floodplain and Bay and strengthen efforts to ensure the sustainability of this resource for current and future generations.