Wed., August 19, 2009 9:11am (EDT)

Controversial Plan to Protect Fish
By Melissa Stiers
Updated: 5 years ago

CANTON, Ga.  —  
The plan protects the Etowah River where the imperiled fish live. (photo by Melissa Stiers)
The plan protects the Etowah River where the imperiled fish live. (photo by Melissa Stiers)
Three fish in the Etowah River just north of Atlanta are struggling to survive.

Their habitat has been under attack from development.

For years, the federal government regulated growth along the river, now the feds are considering turning that power over to local governments.

Developers are wary of what that means for their profits; environmentalists and some landowners say local power would protect the water quality and enforce smart growth.