Friend, blogger (Watercrunch), Tweeter, and engineer extraordinaire Robert
Osborne gave an informative, entertaining talk at the recent AWRA Annual Conference. Robert works for Black & Veatch in Clemson, SC, (he's a Tiger through and through) where he attended Clemson University.
Robert spoke about his work with the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint Stakeholders (ACFS) group, a grassroots organization working together to try to achieve a common goal - that of peacefully sharing a common resource, the water of the ACF Basin. It's a noble goal, since the ACFB has been tied up in litigation and embroiled in conflict for over 20 years.
One thing about Robert's work with the ACFS really stuck with me: that of reaching consensus. He said that for the ACFS, 'consensus' means agreement of all 56 of the ACFS Governing Board members! Robert said they have a lot of meetings.
Good luck, Robert!
Let's hope for an equitable resolution to the ACF dispute. It does sound like a good old-fashioned Western water allocation fight. I suspect the East will see more of these disputes in the future.
How about that? An entire post about the ACF Basin without ever mentioning Atlanta!
"The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph." - Thomas Paine