The Walton County Commission voted Tuesday afternoon to condemn the proposal to build a reservoir on the Little Choctawhatchee River near Newton, Alabama.
The Commission also voted to make a request of their congressional
delegation to block federal funding for the proposed project.
Choctawhatchee Riverkeeper Michael William Mullen in response to this development said, “the citizens of the watershed downstream from the proposed reservoir understand that their river is already in trouble in large part due to lack of solid watershed management upstream in Alabama”.
Mullen added “additional stress on the Choctawhatchee River ecosystem caused by construction and operation of reservoirs on
larger tributaries such as the Little Choctawhatchee River and Double Bridges Creek could provide the tipping point for an even greater decline in the health of the ecosystem.”
The Choctawhatchee Riverkeeper believes that sustainable water resource management must include both supply side and demand side solutions.
Furthermore, the proponents of the reservoir have not demonstrated that a reservoir is needed or nor have alternatives to a reservoir including conservation pricing, practices to implement greater efficiency and conservation, water reclamation, small, appropriate-scale collection (urban, residential and on-farm) have been fully examined much less used to address water needs.
“Pursuit of this expensive, environmentally destructive project is simply not good water resource management. It is outdated and nonsustainable water management practice”, said the Choctawhatchee Riverkeeper.