Politics & Government
7:57 am
Fri June 7, 2013

JFK's nephew weighs in on Alabama's water war

ATLANTA (AP) - Environmental activist Robert Kennedy Jr. says leaders should pay more attention to the environmental damage caused by a long-running water dispute between Alabama, Florida and Georgia. Kennedy is the president of the Waterkeepers Alliance and is visiting Georgia this week for a national meeting of the group's supporters. He is the son of former New York Sen. Robert Kennedy and the nephew of President John F. Kennedy. In an interview, Kennedy said low water flows in the Apalachicola River basin are destroying Florida's oyster and other fisheries. He said not only do low water flows harm wildlife, but they also destroy the businesses that revolve around the oyster fishery. The three states have fought over water usage in the watershed formed by the Apalachicola, Chattahoochee and Flint River basins.