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Marjorie Harris Carr
Transcript of Marjorie Harris Carr
Marjorie founded the Florida Defenders of the Enviornment in 1969. This was an organization committed to defeating the project. In 1970, the organization presented a report to the government called an "environmental impact statement". This provided thorough scientific, technical, and economic research that proved what environmental damage and economic unsoundness the canal project would cause. It was the first report submitted by a citizen's group that provided hard, convincing scientific evidence to persuade the government to halt the project. It worked. In 1971 the canal project was abandoned.
Florida's governor at the time, Lawton Chiles, remarked that “few people have Marjorie's intelligence, perseverance, scientifically based understanding of the environment, and ability to lead citizens. Her efforts to deauthorize the Cross Florida Barge Canal began with one person and ended years later with thousands of citizens convincing their elected representatives of the detrimental nature of this project.” Today the area that was going to be used for the canal is now a recreational area preserving a variety natural habitats. In honor of Marjorie Carr's conservation efforts, it is now called the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway.