Jul 13 2009

Shelby Meets with Corps of Engineers Nominee

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala) and U.S. Representative Mike Rogers (R-Ala) today met with Ms. Jo Ellen Darcy, the President’s nominee to be Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works.  In this position, Ms. Darcy would oversee the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

During the meeting with Senator Shelby and Congressman Rogers, Ms. Darcy committed to a fair and transparent process when reviewing the ongoing water dispute in the Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa and Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basins.  Further, Ms. Darcy stated that it is not the role of the office to regulate a resolution while litigation is pending in federal court and that she will not use her office to manipulate the court case through the Corps’ actions.

“Congress never intended for the federal reservoirs in Georgia to be used primarily for Atlanta’s water supply,” said Shelby. “That conclusion has been reached by every court that has ever considered the issue.  The Corps should not interfere in ongoing litigation and it is my hope that, unlike her predecessor, Ms. Darcy will uphold her commitment to an honest and fair adjudication of the situation.”

On July 9, 2009, Senator Shelby was successful in including an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2010 Energy, Water, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill during the full committee markup to require the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to report how the water along the Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa and Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basins is currently being allocated.