South Carolina / North Carolina Water Fight Gives Insight Into Georgia’s Chances

25 08 2008

GREAT FALLS, S.C. — The town’s population dropped by half after the three textile mills closed in the 1980s. Great Falls took on the tattered look of so many other dried-up Southern towns, with a shuttered Winn-Dixie and a movie theater silent on Saturday nights.

But economic salvation may flow just below the red-brick remains of the No. 2 cotton mill. State and local officials tout the mighty Catawba River as a recreational magnet for kayakers, hikers and history buffs. Duke Energy, which manages the Catawba, promises to release enough water to return the river at Great Falls to its formerly frothy self on weekends between March and October.

What if there’s a drought? Or if the booming cities upstream in North Carolina suck so much water from the river that Great Falls and other downstream South Carolina communities become high and dry?

Those twin fears prompted South Carolina to sue North Carolina last year in a case with potentially huge implications for Georgia. The U.S. Supreme Court, which hears interstate disputes, appointed a “special master” to determine whether North Carolina illegally transfers water out of the Catawba River basin.

Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue and state legislators, casting about for remedies to the state’s severe drought, eye the bountiful Tennessee River that flows within a mile of Georgia’s northwestern corner. Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen says the Tennessee is off-limits to Georgia.


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Coming – Enviro Expo 2008: Atlanta’s First Green Expo for Consumers

25 08 2008

This November, the fashion apparel and furnishings that typically fill the AmericasMart facility will be replaced with something new – the region’s most diverse display of eco-friendly products, services and educators.

On November 14-15, 2008, Atlanta will host the first annual ENVIRO EXPO USA, which will bring together a full spectrum of ecoconscious businesses, suppliers, manufacturers and green experts to educate consumers on eco-friendly lifestyle choices. Free and open to the public, the event is being held in conjunction with the Georgia Recycling Coalition, who will be leading the region’s observance of America Recycles Day on November 15.

ENVIRO EXPO USA will help consumers better understand what it means to “go green” amidst the hype surrounding green marketing and product development. While many consumers are aware of green product alternatives, few actually understand the environmental impact of their current lifestyle choices.

ENVIRO EXPO USA will give consumers the opportunity to interact and learn more about businesses in the following categories: water, energy, transportation, lawn/garden, building materials/remodeling, apparel, personal products, recreation/leisure, household products, furniture/carpeting and green financing. A host of organic products – ranging from baby food and apparel to cosmetics – will be available for purchase at the event.