ACT NOW: Tell Your Reps You Support HB416: The Alabama Water Conservation and Security Act

ALABAMA WATER CONSERVATION AND SECURITY ACT (HB416)

ACT NOW! Ask the Alabama House Committee for Agriculture and Forestry to support HB416.

The Alabama Water Conservation & Security Act (HB416), introduced by Patricia Todd, will improve Alabama’s system of water management to better protect our rivers and streams for the quality of our drinking water and the quality of life for our children and grandchildren.

At this time, we are focusing this action on the members of the House Agriculture Committee. If one of these committee members is your House member, please call or write them and tell them to support this important bill – The Water Conservation & Security Act – HB416! See talking points below.

Click here to read a Fact Sheet from ARA about this bill. 

Click here to read the full bill. 

 

ALABAMA HOUSE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE MEMBERS

David Sessions, Mobile County (District 105) –  334-242-0947 | d.r.sessions@att.net
Donnie Chesteen, Geneva County, Houston County (District 87) –  334-242-7742 | dchesteen@panhandle.rr.com
Richard Lindsey,  Calhoun County, Cherokee County, Cleburne County, DeKalb County (District 39) –  334-242-7713 | richard.lindsey@alhouse.gov
Will Ainsworth,  Blount County, DeKalb County, Marshall County  (District 27) – 334-242-7772 | willainsworth@mclo.org
KL Brown,  Calhoun County (District 40) 334-353-1778 | klbrown@cableone.net
Randy Davis, Baldwin County, Mobile County (District 96) – 334-242-7724 | randalldavis14@gmail.com
Joe Faust, Baldwin County (District 94)  334-242-7699 | jfaust@baldwincountyal.gov
Bob Fincher,  Chambers County, Cleburne County, Randolph County (District 37) – 334-242-7708 | rsfincher77@gmail.com
Dexter Grimsley,  Henry County, Houston County (District 85) –  334-242-7740 | wlmdex@hotmail.com
Tommy Hanes, DeKalb County, Jackson County (District 23) – 334-242-7551 |  jhanes55@gmail.com
Reed Ingram, Elmore County, Montgomery County (District 75) – 334-242-7707 | reedingram75@gmail.com
Artis “AJ” McCampbell,  Choctaw County, Greene County, Marengo County, Pickens County, Sumter County, Tuscaloosa County (District 71) – 334-242-7747 | aj.mccampbell@alhouse.gov
Jack Williams, Mobile County (District 102) –  334-242-7694 | jackwilliams55@icloud.com

Talking Points for House Bill 416: the Alabama Water Conservation and Security Act 

HB 416 requires the State to protect the flow of water in Alabama’s 132,000 miles of rivers and streams and the people that depend on them. It would also create an emergency plan for the next time we have a water shortage or drought.

 

WHAT WILL THIS BILL DO?

Water Plan

  • This bill would help create a Water Management Plan in Alabama.  A water plan is necessary to ensure that we protect our water supplies for our children and grandchildren.

Drought Emergency

  • This bill would reduce the harmful effects of drought and give much needed protection to people who depend on water.

Farmers and Agriculture

  • HB 416 would protect farmers by making our waters more reliable and higher quality. In case of emergency, the state can guarantee this important industry gets what they deserve.

Wildlife

  • HB 416 would protect our wildlife and ecosystems by mandating that enough water is our rivers and streams to support the plants and animals that we all enjoy and appreciate.

WHAT IT WILL NOT DO:

  • Arbitrarily take water away from farmers, manufacturers, or municipalities—the goal of this bill is to ensure the state has enough water, not to restrict the access of those who need it most. On the contrary, HB 416 actually protects farmers and utilities by guaranteeing they will have the water they need in times of emergency. If users register their use and obtain credits, they will possess an undeniable claim to water during shortages instead of having to compete with other regions of the state or sue other water users in the area.

 

  • Create a financial burden on individuals or the state. In fact, HB 416 will potentially save millions of dollars by limiting — and even preventing — the costs of disaster.

Please take the time to write or call Representative Sessions, and reach out to others living in the area who you think would be interested. Let us know if you have any questions. Call us at 205-322-6395 or email Curt Chaffin, Policy Director, at cchaffin@alabamarivers.org.

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