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Rally Against Delta Becoming National Park
STOCKTON, Ala. (WPMI) Opposition has been growing steadily to the possibility of the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta becoming a national park.
"It would be a federal takeover, a federal giveaway," Save the Delta organizer David Peterson told Local 15.
"We've been protecting the Delta ourselves, and it's in better shape now than it's ever been."
One of the biggest concerns is the federal government putting restrictions on hunting and fishing. Just three weeks after organizing, Peterson said their petition has gained more than 20,000 signatures and their Facebook group has more than 4,000 likes.
"We've come a long way in three weeks," Peterson said.
The controversy started when outgoing congressman Jo Bonner requested that the U.S. National Park Service update a 1979 study that considered designating the river delta as a national park.
Bonner made the request days before he left office at the behest of Friends of the Delta, an environmental group.
"I think there's more behind it," Peterson.
"We're digging and trying to research to find out what the motive really is. I can't comment on it until I have the proof."
Peterson said his group is in talks with several cities, including Spanish Fort and Bay Minette, to pass resolutions opposing a possible national park designation.
They're also trying to get Mobile County commissioners to rescind their approval of the study.