Re: NANFA-- Etowah darter in the news

Dave Neely (
Tue, 16 Nov 1999 14:35:42 CST


>...Sticking points have included how much water each state needs to store
>and whether new reservoirs will need to be built. [Ed. remark--!!!no, don't
>do it!!!]

I'm with you! There's a sizeable reservoir on the Etowah already (Allatoona
Reservoir), and most of the really diverse fauna is now restricted to
upstream areas. This part of the country recieves the largest mean amount
of rainfall in the SE- there's ABSOLUTELY no need to build another dam on
this system. If the Greater Metropolitan Atlanta's water needs are so great,
why don't they actually do something about a) reducing demand for
non-essential uses (lawns!) b) greywater recycling c) rainwater catchments,

The remaining portions of the Etowah, Coosawatee, and Conasauga Rivers are
up for grabs- USFWS hasn't actually lived up to their conservation mandate,
and developers are on the loose. In the very near future, these systems
will be fought for tooth and nail- the density of endangered species is too
great, and the rate at which Atlanta is creeping into the watershed
increases daily.

The Benz and Collins (1997) publication on imperiled southeastern fishes is
a MUST READ for anyone interested in this problem... in fact, I'd recommend
it to anybody interested in NANFs...


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