Conservation Task Force
A Project of Jacksonville State University's
Environmental Policy & Information Center
Water supply and water quality have
been important environmental and economic policy issues
for public and private interests for many years.
Federal, state, regional and local agencies, organizations,
colleges and other institutions are involved in activities
to study and protect Weiss Lake. However, this
fragmented approach is not sufficient to present a
comprehensive assessment of lake resources and quality.
Through the coordination of JSU's EPIC, leadership
of Congressmen Tom Bevill and Robert Aderholt, with
assistance from Ms. Remell Williams, Cherokee County
Chamber of Commerce (CCC) Executive Director,
the Weiss Lake Conservation Task Force (WLCTF) was
created to provide a cohesive approach to lake resource
issues. Weiss Lake deserves this attention due
to the fact that there are intense environmental and
natural resources demands on the lake, and because
Weiss Lake has been estimated to contribute over $200,000,000
per year to the region’s economy. (For details, refer
to the Weiss
The WLCTF was first established
by Congressman Tom Bevill, in cooperation with Representative Richard Lindsay,
Probate Judge Bobby Junkins, resident Joe Hicks and the Environmental Policy
and Information Center (EPIC) Director, Pete Conroy. It was then reestablished
by Congressman Aderholt. Congressman Mike Rogers remains interested in
the continued operation of the Task Force and in April 2003 he appointed
JSU's EPIC Director Pete Conroy to continue his service as chairman of
the Task Force. To date, little activity is being conducted as sensitive
negotiations between Alabama and Georgia over the Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa
(ACT) River Basin Compact are still on going.
Task Force was created under the guidance of an existing
US EPA Clean Lakes project for Weiss Lake pursuant
to Section 314 of the Clean Water Act. Section 319
of the Clean Water Act will be used for remedial action.
Weiss Clean Lakes Task Force mission to ensure that
the Lake’s resources, and those in the watershed,
are maintained at the highest quality to support
recreation, water supply, flood control, power generation,
fish habitat and other appropriate activities and
extend the effective “life” of Weiss Lake.
The goals of the Task Force are:
To provide for the exchange of data, information,
and policy initiatives among those agencies and organizations who have
Activities or studies in the Weiss Lake watershed;
To coordinate future studies within the Weiss Lake
To review and comment on the findings of studies
in the Lake Weiss watershed and to develop a consensus on solutions;
To facilitate coordination among the regulatory agencies
and to recommend actions to correct problems and offer solutions;
To maximize the financial investments of various
agencies and organizations with responsibility within the Lake Watershed
and to conserve government funds through reducing duplication of efforts
by the agencies and organizations involved;
In addition to the EPS Clean Lakes funding under
Section 314 of the Clean Water Act, to identify other sources of funding
and research support; and,
To act as a forum for public input and to provide
information to the public on all aspects of Task Force activities.
Staff support for the Lake Weiss Clean
Lakes Task Force is provided by the Environmental Policy and Information
Center at Jacksonville State University. For more information about the
WLCTF please contact EPIC by e-mail at email@example.com
or by calling (256) 782-5681.
Environmental Policy Information Center
700 Pelham Road North, Suite 246 Martin,
Jacksonville, AL 36265-1602
Telephone #: (256) 782-5681...Fax #: (256) 782-5817
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