I hate it, but I feel Congresswoman Martha Roby has stepped in it again with her reply about funding aviation at Fort Rucker. She touted her position on the Defense Subcommittee on Appropriations and let us know that she was able to get Fort Rucker programs funded. That's great, but guess what she's neglected for many (all) her years in the Congress? The Chattahoochee River.
The Chattahoochee River is maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, another part of the DoD that gets its funding programmed through the Defense Subcommittee. Anyone who fishes, recreates, travels, or lives near the shores of the Chattahoochee River right here in Martha's district knows the dire circumstances the river system is in. You cannot travel the river anymore because the locks are shut down due to mechanical failures with no budget to repair them. Most of the boat ramps are unusable because they have not been maintained. One of the recreation areas right here in Houston County is literally falling off the banks into the river and all they have done is put up a fence.
The Corps of Engineers is congressionally mandated to provide navigation on this river through one of the numerous Rivers and Harbors Acts of yesteryear, but years have gone by where this mandate is tossed aside. It would seem that a congressional representative from the affected district sitting on the appropriations committee would have a little bit of say in that.
Perhaps no say and no action is saying something. Thankfully, we have a few excellent candidates to look at in the upcoming primary.