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Southern Water, Southern PowerHow the Politics of Cheap Energy and Water Scarcity Shaped a Region$
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Christopher J. Manganiello

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469620053

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469620053.001.0001

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The Chattooga River

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Southern Water, Southern Power

Christopher J. Manganiello

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses how a coalition of postwar southerners reevaluated those old supply solutions to the region's water problems—dams and reservoirs—and moved in a completely different direction. Like allies around the nation, the Sun Belt's countryside conservationists thought dams and river structures were the problems and not the solutions. For these activists, the Wild and Scenic Chattooga River solved a new problem. In a region that lacked significant free-flowing rivers, the Chattooga's new designation illustrated a new relationship between southern water and southern power. Author John Lane described his personal Chattooga experiences in order to demonstrate why the river attracts people and what the river delivers to those who know and use it today. Bearing Lane's context in mind, one must remember that in the end, the Chattooga River was consciously left wild and brought to the national whitewater boating and environmental community for preservation.

Keywords:   Sun Belt countryside, conservationists, Chattooga River, southern water, southern power, John Lane

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