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Friday, May 16, 2008

Water Wars

Published May 15, 2008
U.S. Senator Bill Nelson (D-Florida) and U.S. Congressman Allen Boyd (D-North Florida) today decried the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ decision to extend water flow reductions from 750 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 650 cfs from Lake Lanier beyond April 30 through May 31, 2008. The Corps’ approval of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division’s (EPD) irresponsible request comes as the state of Georgia continues to allow lax water restrictions in metropolitan Atlanta with little to no thought of its downstream neighbors.

Wildlife and fish spawning is currently underway on the Apalachicola River. Gulf sturgeon require a stable flow to ensure spawning success. Operations that rapidly reduce flows over spawning grounds during the spawn strand eggs and kill larval fish, critical to the ecosystem of the Apalachicola River.
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