Transforming free-flowing rivers into lakes also could imperil native species and prevents water from flowing downstream to other communities, critics say.
Joe Cook, the executive director of the Upper Coosa Riverkeeper, worries that a new reservoir in the northwest Georgia river system he oversees could threaten 30 aquatic species – including snails, fish and mussels – found only in the basin.
‘We need to slow down this race to build reservoirs,’ he said. ‘It’s not going to solve the water problem. You build more, and you provide more water, then you’ll have more growth. And 30 years down the line, we’ll be in the same place we are in now.’
Nobody wants to wipe out native species but we just don’t do enough to capture rain in this State. Conservation is great but we can’t conserve ourselves out of this mess. This drought didn’t just start this year, we’ve had several years now of lower than average rain.
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