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Rubio Statement on Supreme Court Hearing for Florida-Georgia Apalachicola Water Case

Jan 8, 2018 | Press Releases

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) released the following statement ahead of today’s hearing before the U.S. Supreme Court of Florida v. Georgia regarding water flow into Florida’s Apalachicola Bay:
 
“Throughout my time in the Senate, I have sought to secure a long term solution to the deteriorating conditions of Apalachicola Bay, and the entire Apalachicola Chattahoochee Flint (ACF) River Basin. Hardworking families in Florida have depended on this treasured resource for generations, and they deserve a brighter economic future which can only be delivered with more downstream freshwater flow. I am hopeful that the Supreme Court will strongly consider the harm that Georgia’s gratuitous overconsumption of water from the ACF River Basin has had on northwest Florida’s environment and economy, and force Georgia to finally work with Florida and Alabama to equitably and durably resolve this issue once and for all.”
 
Rubio’s efforts fighting for the ACF River Basin

July 26, 2017  – Rubio led the Florida delegation in requesting that President Trump ensured his Administration’s neutrality in the ongoing litigation over the Apalachicola-Chatahoochee-‎Flint (ACF) River Basin  

September 12, 2016 – Rubio secured the opportunity for long-beleaguered oystermen in Apalachicola Bay to seek assistance through the Gulf Coast Oyster Bed Recovery Plan (included within the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act of 2016)

May 16, 2016 – Rubio urged Congressional leaders to help secure a long term solution for the ACF and Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa (ACT) River Basins

April 26, 2016 – Rubio highlighted the importance of his measure that would protect the ACF River Basin

April 21, 2016 – In a Senate floor speech, Rubio urged the Senate to protect the ACF River Basin by supporting an amendment he filed to the fiscal year 2017 Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act

November 4, 2015 – Rubio urged the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development to address the Army Corps’ ongoing mismanagement of the ACF River Basin

October 6, 2015 – Rubio urged the Army Corps to reconsider a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and its ACF Master Water Control Manual before publishing the final report

August 25, 2014 – Rubio praises the delivery of $6.3 million in federal disaster assistance funding aimed to help buoy small businesses impacted by the collapse of the oyster fishery in Apalachicola Bay

May 22, 2014 – Rubio pledged to continue seeking long term solutions for Apalachicola Bay’s freshwater woes

February 26, 2014 – Rubio welcomed the allocation of millions of dollars in federal disaster assistance for economic recovery in the Apalachicola region

November 13, 2013 – Rubio (successfully) urged Congressional leadership to include disaster assistance funding for Florida’s oyster fishery in the FY2014 Consolidated Appropriations Act

September 4, 2013 – Rubio worked to ensure funding for federal fishery disasters would be available for harvesters and businesses dependent on Florida’s oyster fishery by engaging Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science and Related Agencies leadership

August 23, 2013 – In the Tampa Bay Times, Rubio sounded the alarm on the Florida oyster crisis in Apalachicola Bay brought about by the mismanagement of ACF River Basin flows by Georgia and the Army Corps

August 13, 2013 – The Orlando Sentinel applauded Rubio for his efforts to protect Florida’s prized oyster industry in Apalachicola Bay

August 13, 2013 – Rubio toured Apalachicola Bay and called for urgent action to restore water flow through the ACF River Basin

August 13, 2013 – Rubio convened a Senate Committee Field Hearing to examine the dire effects of restricted freshwater flows into Apalachicola Bay on Florida’s economy and environment

October 18, 2012 – Rubio urged the Army Corps to use updated environmental and economic impact data from the ACF and the Apalachicola Bay while developing the ACF Water Control Manual’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)

October 12, 2012 –  Rubio urged the Army Corps to remain within their legal authorities while updating its ACF Water Control Manual while Florida, Alabama, and Georgia pursue an equitable and permanent resolution to water resource issues in the ACF River Basin

September 12, 2012 – Rubio urged then Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank to support Governor Scott’s request for a fishery disaster declaration for oyster harvesting in the Apalachicola Bay