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Southeast Water Supply Project

Southern Environmental Law Center

  • Program Environment
  • Program Area Addressing the Freshwater Challenge
  • Grant Amount $100,000
  • Grant Period July 1, 2003–June 30, 2005
  • Location Charlottesville, VA, United States
  • Geographic Focus Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee

About this grant

In the Southeast, a rapidly expanding economy and a growing human population are generating unprecedented demands for water. In response, many communities are proposing new reservoirs or interbasin transfers, with little public oversight of the planning for such projects. These measures cause serious problems by permanently altering the natural flow of a river and threatening freshwater species that are adapted to, and dependent on, a specific natural flow regime.Multiyear funding will support efforts to provide legal analysis and other technical assistance to the network of local and state-level groups seeking to influence the outcome and implementation of a tri-state compact affecting Georgia and Alabama; co-lead a collaborative effort in Georgia to promote the development of a statewide management policy; develop educational information, conduct policy research and provide legal and other technical assistance to partner groups; and assist the North Carolina environmental community to develop a shared approach on water management policy matters.Southern Environmental Law Center, founded in 1986, is a regional environmental organization working in the states of Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. Its mission is to protect and restore the quality of land, air and water of the Southeast for future generations.