Alabama River at the confluence 
of the Coosa and Tallapoosa Rivers
ACT/ACF Tri-State
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JSU’s Conroy Receives Army Award for Patriotic Civilian Service

Sept. 9, 2004

Orange Beach, AL - In a presentation during the September 9th Alabama Water Resources Conference in Jacksonville State University EPIC Director, Pete Conroy was awarded for “Patriotic Civilian Service.”

The recognition was in association with Conroy’s work as US Alternate Federal Commissioner for Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa (ACT) River Basin Compact and Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) River Basin Compact.

Conroy’s service was from 1999 to 2002. In August of 2003, the ACF compact collapsed and more recently in August of 2004 the ACT compact also collapsed.

“The failure of these compacts will go down in history as being golden opportunities now lost,” said Conroy. “Especially in consideration of all the legal work that lies ahead, I appreciate the Army taking time to recognize those of us who tried to move the process forward,” he said.

Presented by US Army Corps of Engineers Branch Chief Roger Burke and signed by US Army Commanding Brigadier General, Peter T. Madsen, the certificate states:

“He (Conroy) is recognized for his outstanding contributions to the ACT and ACF River Basin Compacts process. His facilitation of Federal awareness to third party interests was instrumental to the Federal team in the interstate compacts process, and in promoting innovative approaches to providing high quality government services to the public. Mr. Conroy’s accomplishments are truly noteworthy and are a credit to himself, U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Federal government.”

Background (as of July 2002)
    "The Compacts", as they are known, are the congressionally authorized negotiation processes for Georgia, Alabama and Florida to negotiate water allocation formulas for the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) and the Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa (ACT) river basins. Negotiations for the two compacts have been in progress for three years and periodically the three states have agreed to extend them. The negotiations will end at these times unless agreements have been reached or the states agree to additional extensions.

    The Compact Commissioners include the Governors of each State and two Federal Commissioners - Mr. Lindsay Thomas, CEO of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and Mr. Pete Conroy (Alternate Commissioner), Director of JSU's EPIC.  Both were appointed by the President of the United States as non-voting members. Under the ACF River Basin Compact, the three State Commissioners must negotiate and agree on a proposed allocation formula and present the formula to the Federal Commissioners for concurrence before the allocation formula can be implemented. Under the ACT River Basin Compact, the two State Commissioners (AL and GA) must do the same.

    Twelve federal agencies are involved in the compacts: the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Mobile District), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Forest Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Maritime Administration, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Geological Survey, National Park Service, National Marine Fisheries Service, National Ocean Service, Southeastern Power Administration and the Department of Justice.

     The compacts were signed by President Clinton in the Fall of 1997 and they were implemented on the first day of 1998.  Following, are articles written by Commissioner Pete Conroy (appointed on January 28, 1999) that describe the compacts and their current status. For more information please contact us here at JSU's EPIC.

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