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Shutdown Draws Attention to Mobile-Tensaw Delta
MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) A local group says the government shutdown is evidence the Mobile-Tensaw Delta should not be turned into a national park.
The group 'Save Our Delta' is opposing a proposed study to consider designating the area a national park.
"It hurts me to know what's happening in our country and to our parks," said Save Our Delta member Linda Johnson.
Johnson says the government shutdown has drawn a lot of attention to the group's cause as people realize how the designation could potentially affect the Delta.
"They're seeing what's happening out west and in D.C. and with all our other national parks," Johnson said, "and they're like, what would happen if this was in our backyard?"
Johnson points out the fact that if the Delta were currently a national park, it would be closed along with the rest of the country's parks and monuments that depend on federal funding.
Right now the national park designation is just one idea in a study of several on how to best use the Delta's resources. The Department of the Interior must decide whether to reexamine the study.
Some argue a national park distinction would help preserve the site and promote tourism. Johnson says it's best left in local hands.
"Our state is taking care of what we have right now," she said.
Save Our Delta will hold a rally this Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at Dead Lake Marina in Creola.