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ICYMI: Rubio Touts Measure To Protect Apalachicola River Basin

Apr 26, 2016 | Press Releases

Rubio: “I really believe it’s important for this thing to be solved once and for all. It’s incredibly damaging to an industry that has a deep heritage and attachment to Northwest Florida that we could potentially lose.”

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today highlighted the importance of protecting the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) River Basin in a radio interview with WFLA Tallahassee’s Preston Scott.

“[L]ook, people’s livelihoods are being wiped out. We were down there a couple years ago, and things have only gotten worse,” said Rubio. “It’s not just businesses that are being wiped out, it’s kind of the heritage of the area, you know, the entire community that has a deep heritage built of the oystermen and the oyster beds and that’s just being wiped out now. So hopefully we’ll get some progress.”

Last week, Rubio filed an amendment to the fiscal year 2017 Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act currently being considered in the Senate that would require the governors of all affected states to agree on water allocation before the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers can reallocate waters between the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) River Basin. The amendment states that no funds will be available for reallocation of water within the ACF River Basin until an agreement is reached by the states affected.

Audio of the full radio interview is available here.

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio
April 26, 2016
Radio Interview with WFLA’s Preston Scott
https://youtu.be/57vjhuMMgWQ?t=2m21s

Preston Scott: “You’ve reengaged in an issue that is very, very important to people in this listening area, the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin, abbreviated ACF. Tell us about your legislation.”

Senator Marco Rubio: “Well, we’ve teamed up with the senators from Alabama to kind of force the governors in the absence of them working out to force them to the table to get a deal worked out. Look, people’s livelihoods are being wiped out. We were down there a couple years ago, and things have only gotten worse.

“It’s not just businesses that are being wiped out, it’s kind of the heritage of the area, you know, the entire community that has a deep heritage built of the oystermen and the oyster beds and that’s just being wiped out now.

“So hopefully we’ll get some progress. As obviously you can imagine, the Georgia delegation will fight us on it, and I don’t blame them. They’re from Georgia, they’re doing what they need to do. I had a conversation with the governor of Georgia a few months ago. He gets pretty fired up about this.

“But I really believe it’s important for this thing to be solved once and for all. It’s incredibly damaging to an industry that has a deep heritage and attachment to Northwest Florida that we could potentially lose.”