Geneva City Council Oppose Construction of a Dam

The Geneva city council has unanimously voted to oppose the construction of a dam on the Little Choctawhatchee River, which would serve as a manmade above ground water supply for the Wiregrass.

Geneva's junction is the point where the Pea and Choctawhatchee Rivers intersect and then flows downstream into Florida and eventually the Gulf of Mexico.

A group of citizens fears that a proposed manmade reservoir to be built on the little Choctawhatchee River in Dale County will cut down on the flow of water, and that in turn will permanently damage the ecosystem.

Hon. Charles Fleming, Geneva District Judge says, "Opposed to that dam being built, because really not enough study has been done to see what kind of an impact it would be on us."

Geneva City Councilman Melton Wynn has been fishing the rivers his entire life. He believes there's enough groundwater to supply the region for years to come.

Melton Wynn, Geneva Councilman says, "That we not do anything at this time to build a dam, and to continue to allow our underground water system to provide this area."

Several residents addressed the council and said that not enough is known about building a dam and how that would impact down in the city of Geneva.

Joe Paul, Geneva resident says, "They say it can provide more, and of course now all we are concerned with is how much we need."

The council voted unanimously to oppose the construction of a dam, which could threaten the historical and economic ties to the river system.

Last month's resolution approved by a half-dozen Wiregrass counties to build a manmade reservoir as an above ground water supply didn't give specifics on funding.


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