Alabama river groups plea for water plan: “Our rivers are drying up”

“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” – Benjamin Franklin

Alabama is in the midst of one of the most devastating droughts in our history.  For a generation, the Alabama Rivers Alliance (ARA) and watershed groups have called on state officials to create a statewide water management plan to address issues such as drought emergencies.

In fact, here is an op-ed written by ARA’s Mitch Reid calling for a plan not in 2016, but in 2013! This op-ed called for the immediate development of a sustainable water management plan and foretold the problems the state is facing today.

Alabama needs a comprehensive water management plan now, not later

Since the beginning of the “great drought of 2016,”  river advocates have stepped up their efforts and literally begged the state to pull together a statewide water management plan.

This week, the Alabama Rivers Alliance launched its latest plea for immediate action.

They issued a dire warning to state officials.  “Our rivers are drying up.”

Here is their action alert calling for a sustainable water plan.

TAKE ACTION: Alabama cannot wait any longer for a sustainable water plan

The big question.

Will Alabama state officials finally listen to the public and create a plan?

  • Across the state, the Alabama Rivers Alliance has been “beating the drum” for a sustainable water plan.  Checkout news stories on this topic from Huntsville to Mobile – here.

  • Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.