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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Rivers connect and divide those who depend on them

Published November 26, 2007
Alabama, Florida and Georgia have been fighting in court since 1990 over water from the Apalachicola, Chattahoochee and Flint rivers. Georgia says the water is needed for more than 3 million people in the Atlanta area. Florida says the water is needed for the seafood industry and economy in Apalachicola Bay.

Apalachicola Bay thrives with a mixture of fresh and salt water and periodic flooding from the upstream river, said Lee Edmiston, research director at the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve. Without flooding, the saltwater-tolerant predators such as stone crabs, conchs and oyster drills move in to prey on the oysters.
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