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Monday, January 21, 2008

Apalachicola sues to get more water from Lake Lanier

Published Jan. 18, 2008
The 97-page suit asks the court to declare a November interim operating plan for the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river system unlawful. The plan reduced the flow into the Apalachicola River to 4,250 cubic feet per second. Prior to the plan, the flow had been 5,000 cubic feet per second.

The plan resulted in a reduction of the flow at the Jim Woodruff Lock and Dam at the border of Georgia and Florida by 750 cubic feet per second.

The plan was reviewed and approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service because the Apalachicola River, which begins at the Woodruff Dam, is the home to species of mussels and sturgeon protected under the Endangered Species Act.

The Chattahoochee, which begins in North Georgia, converges with the Flint River at Lake Seminole to form the Apalachicola River.

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