Letter To The Editor

Can we save the Flint River?

by Warren C. Budd Jr., Newnan

In your recent article on cooperation between Coweta County and Griffin, I was glad to see Eric Smith acknowledge the Flint River has “future concerns.” It was also good to see Jay Boren and Neal Shepherd looking toward a regional solution.

The fact is that the upper Flint is in deep trouble. No matter which low-flow statistic you select, daily minimum, seven-day average, etc., since growth exploded in south metro, the minimum consensus is that daily flow is down 50-70 percent. If you don’t believe me, just ride over the Flint in warm weather months and see for yourself.

Eric Smith’s statement that we are sitting on a “[water] gold mine” may or may not be correct, the gold mine certainly isn’t the Flint.

Last summer, an Auburn wildlife professor said that, if the current flow continues, the shoal bass would become extinct in its native Flint. It would be a tragedy to lose what many consider Georgia’s fightingest freshwater game fish. Boy Scout Camp Thunder as well as property owners and rafters have been affected in their ability to use the river.

A regional solution that encourages conservation and efficiency is the best answer. There is a bill in the Georgia House that would encourage regional comprehensive planning for the Flint. However, I am not very optimistic as to the conservation ethic of our Georgia House.


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