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The collection consists of records of the Canoochee River Valley Association (CRVA) from 1969-1975. Includes correspondence to and from Georgia legislators and congressmen, Governor Jimmy Carter, Lt. Gov. Lester Maddox, and the Groveland Lakes Development Authority; minutes of CRVA meetings; petitions; resolutions; maps; newspaper clippings; and printed material.

In 1969, the state legislature of Georgia created the Groveland Lakes Development Authority. The purpose of the Authority was to study the feasibility of creating a recreational lake by damming the Canoochee River at Groveland. This would have meant flooding almost 20,000 acres of land, mostly in Evans County but partly in Bulloch, Candler, and Bryan Counties. The Authority also had the power of eminent domain, or the right to evict those presently located on the land where the Groveland Lakes Project would be located. The Canoochee River Valley Association was formed by the farmers and other people whose land was located within the proposed lake site. Although their initial concern was mainly with the Authority's power of eminent domain, the Association also acted as an organization for opposition to the project, gathering data about the economic, ecological and preservation problems involved with the project. Eventually, the project was defeated. Glenda Durrence Edwards was secretary of the Association, her brother Kenneth Durrence served as president.

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Canoochee River Valley, Canoochee River Valley Association, Canoochee



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5 boxes.

Gift of Mrs. Glenda Durrence Edwards; acquired by Dr. George A. Rogers.

This association was opposed to the Groveland Lake Project, a plan to create a large lake (mostly in Evans County, but partly in SW Bulloch) by flooding thousands of acres of farmland. The Project was defeated. Mrs. Edwards was secretary of the association, her brother Kenneth Durrence was the president.


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Canoochee River Valley Association papers, 1970s.

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