Powell Reacts to Corps Caucus Creation

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia

Franklin and Hart County State Representative Alan Powell is reacting to Doug Collins’ announcement regarding a new Corps of Engineers’ Reform Caucus.

Collins announced this week that he was chairing the new group, which is designed to help come up with ideas to reform the way the Corps operates.

At the state level, Powell and a group of state lawmakers recently formed the Savannah River Caucus.

The group met February 12 for the first time in Augusta to discuss goals and share ideas.

Powell said at the time, the main purpose of the caucus is to get federal lawmakers involved.

Powell said Collins’ announcement means the federal government may finally be starting to pay attention to the problem.

“My sincerest appreciation that he has heard what we said,” said Powell. “He has taken this ball on the federal level. We can talk about things all day long, but at the end of the day, we cannot get the attention of the Corps of Engineers. That takes Congressman and U.S. Senators to do that.”

Powell said last year, U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson also expressed interest in revamping how the Corps manages the Savannah River Basin, but he has not heard anything more from the Senator about it.