Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013

Tomorrow, the U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to debate and vote on the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) of 2013. Today, acting on a request by TRVA, Representatives Mo Brooks (AL-5) and Robert Aderholt (AL-4) offered a WRRDA amendment to “Prevent any interbasin transfer of water that could result in the introduction of invasive aquatic species.” If included and adopted, this provision could derail Georgia attempts to plunder the Tennessee River to satisfy Atlanta’s unquenchable thirst. Invasive Zebra Mussels and Asian Carp are present in the Tennessee River and could be introduced, by water transfer, into otherwise pristine streams, lakes and rivers that rise in north Georgia and flow downstream into the States of Alabama and Florida. Damages related to Zebra Mussel infestations currently cost the U.S. economy in excess of $500M per year. The Army Corps is also spending millions of dollars annually in an effort to stop the spread of the ecosystem destroying Asian Carp. TRVA applauds Representatives Aderholt and Brooks efforts on behalf of the Tennessee Valley and the health of our nations’ rivers and waterways! Please, contact your Member of Congress tomorrow and encourage WRRDA passage that includes the Aderholt/Brooks Amendment.