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Thursday, June 02, 2011

Feds examining mussels in tri-state water case

Published 6/1/2011 Miami Herald
Federal scientists could revise their estimate of how much water Florida's Apalachicola River needs to prevent the deaths of an endangered mussel, a development that could give Florida more legal leverage in a long-running water dispute with neighboring Georgia.

When scientists conducted the last study, a severe drought had starved the river of water. Mussels feed at the river's surface and have some ability to follow changing waterlines. The ongoing study will examine the mortality rate of mussels, their ability to move with river's surface and how quickly they die when exposed to air.

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