District Court of South Carolina rejected American Whitewater and other boaters’ arguments.
On March 30, 2013, the U.S. District Court in the District of South Carolina rejected American Whitewater and other boaters’ arguments that the Forest Service must allow more boating on the Upper Chattooga. These boating groups sued the Forest Service over 7 years ago, seeking boating on the entire Upper Chattooga River, without flow or season limits. They have argued that the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act and the U.S. Constitution require the Forest Service to allow virtually unlimited boating. The court’s decision supports the Forest Service’s ability to manage recreational activities in the Wild and Scenic Corridor. Georgia ForestWatch is waiting on the Judge’s opinion supporting the decision to issue, and will provide further details when that occurs, including what the impact of this decision will be on our separate case challenging management of the Upper Chattooga more generally.