This is the second part of a four part piece on the ongoing Tri-State Water Wars. This part focuses on why a Supreme Court decision will ultimately prove to be an inadequate solution. […]
How We Use Water in the Southeast Will Now Be Determined By the US Supreme Court
This is just to name the major legal players. Countless other people are impacted by how water is allocated in the ACF Basin, though they may not have legal standing to bring suit. The waters have extensive recreational and aesthetic value, which serve both economic and emotional purposes. The unpredictable flow of the Chattahoochee River and rise and fall of Lake Lanier hurts the economic interest of adjacent landowners and recreational outfitters. Countless individuals use the waters of the ACF Basin for boating, fishing, and other recreational purposes. These are just the economic uses. An un-quantifiable value lies in the sheer beauty of the area. People buy and rent homes in the area for the aesthetic value. People hike, bird-watch, and camp in the area for the aesthetic value. These incidental users have largely been reduced to the sidelines as state leaders continually fail to reach compromise.
Case Watch: Will the Georgia Supreme Court Uphold the Point of the Erosion and Sedimentation Act?
Case Watch is a new piece that will highlight ongoing legal battles over land use, environmental, and development issues in Georgia (and occasionally throughout the country). What’s the point of the controlling sedimentation and […]
The Death of the American South
Over the next 45 years rapid urban sprawl will dramatically affect the American Southeast, possibly altering the very essence of what the South represents both socially and environmentally. The South, for many […]
Atlanta is Suddenly a Top 10 Walkable US City; Really?
Atlanta is one of the most walkable cities in America? Really? According to a recent report by George Washington University research professor Christopher Leinberger Atlanta is the 8th (of 30 major […]
Bees in the City: Is Your Urban Apiary Illegal?
Updated 24-Feb-2018. Despite a Georgia law that appears to prohibit local governments from regulating backyard honeybee-keeping, some municipalities are passing ordinances that restrict aspects of backyard beekeeping. While honeybees have gained a mainstream following, our local native bees are the hero pollinators that deserve much more love.
Georgia, I Love You, But You're Bringing Me Down; Please Stop Degrading Environmental Oversight and Cooperation When You Need it Most
As many have heard, the US Supreme Court just upheld the EPA’s crazy scheme to regulate interstate air pollution. It’s crazy not because the idea of needing to federally-regulate something that freely moves across state […]
Update: The Georgia Legislature Makes a Strong Push to Protect Jekyll Island
This is an update to a previous article about Jekyll Island development. The fear that development may ruin the pristine environmental character of Jekyll Island would be put to rest if a […]