ACFS Recognized by Georgia Water Coalition
The ACF Stakeholders was identified as a Clean Water Hero in March by the Georgia Water Coalition (GWC) as one of their 2018 “Clean 13” awardees. The Clean 13 award recognizes extraordinary efforts on the part of businesses, industries, local governments, non-profit organizations, and individuals to protect the water and natural resources of Georgia.
At the event attended by over 190 people, the GWC Press Release shared, “since the passage of the Clean Water Act in 1972, we’ve seen Georgia’s waterways become cleaner and healthier, but there’s still much that needs to be done,” said Gil Rogers, director of the Georgia office of the Southern Environmental Law Center, who served as the emcee for the event “Those recognized in our Clean 13 report are setting new standards to protect, preserve and restore Georgia’s rivers, lakes, streams and coastal waters. Its partners like these that are putting to work the ideas and policies that the Water Coalition and its members promote year round.”
The ACFS award was tied to the production of a “sustainable water management plan for the river basins that provides a road map for resolving the nearly three-decade-old water dispute between Georgia, Alabama and Florida.” More information on the SWMP can be found under the corresponding tab at the top of the page.
The award titled, Privately Funded Stakeholder Group Provides Road Map to End Tri-State Water Dispute, is discussed further here.
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Working Together to Share a Common Resource
Water… It is one of society’s most basic needs, essential for our survival. It is necessary for our environment, sustaining every living thing that calls our planet home. It impacts our economy and plays a critical role in power production, agriculture and the many other industries that are water-dependent. It defines communities along rivers and lakeshores, and it provides unparalleled recreational opportunities. It is fundamental to our everyday existence, yet it is something we often take for granted. But we cannot continue to do so.
For the past 29 years, the use of the waters of the ACF River Basin has been tied up in the courts.
Recognizing that litigation and politics have been unable to resolve the issues, a grassroots effort was launched by the individuals and groups most impacted by the situation – <em>the stakeholders themselves</em>. Incorporated as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in September 2009, ACF Stakeholders, Inc. (ACFS) is a diverse group representing all sectors in all three states – working together for the first time to achieve a common goal.</strong>
ACFS’s mission is to achieve equitable water-sharing solutions among stakeholders that balance economic, ecological and social values, while ensuring sustainability for current and future generations. After developing a strong organizational infrastructure and completing a forward-thinking strategic planning process, ACFS is now ready to move forward with the critical next steps, centered around developing a Sustainable Water Management Plan for the Basin. Through scientific modeling and a shared vision process, ACFS will work to achieve a sustainable solution that works for everyone in the ACF Basin.