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Let’s hear the whole story from both sides

Last night while making dinner, my ears perked up when I heard ABC News’ report on the water war between Georgia and Florida. (The Web version is different from what was aired because there were other people interviewed last night I didn’t see in the Web version.) I felt frustrated after watching the report because it seemed skewed in favor of Georgia. I recall only one person from the Florida side of the story interviewed last night (which didn’t make it into the Web version). In addition, the report pitted federally endangered mussels and sturgeon in Florida (without even mentioning the Apalachicola River, if I recall correctly) against people in Georgia who just want a drink of water, saying essentially, aren’t people more important than endangered species?

I do believe people are more important than endangered species, of course, but this report didn’t tell the whole story. There’s more at stake than the fish in the river that gets its water from upstream Lake Lanier in Georgia. The whole Apalachicola River ecosystem is at stake. The fresh water from the river that flows into the bay — well, that bay depends on that water, too.

Also, I’d like to hear more about the details of the water restrictions in Georgia. If the restrictions are anything like what I see in my water-restricted community, then I would say, “Yes, saving river ecology downstream is more important than washing your car and allowing municipalities to water concrete sidewalks in the middle of the day when most of the water evaporates anyway.” I’m not saying let Georgia residents be thirsty and dirty — but I am wondering (since ABC News isn’t telling) just what they are doing to conserve water.

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Apalachicola River continues decline

I guess there’s no real news here — but the Tallahassee daily paper the Democrat published an article about the continuing decline of the Apalachicola River as the states of Florida, Georgia and Alabama continue litigation over water supply into the river. The article said it could be another 10 years until the issue of water flow is finalized, and by then it could be too late for the river.

If you’re not familiar with the dispute, it goes something like this: Georgia (and to a lesser extent, Alabama) depends on water from the Chattahoochee River. That river flows into Lake Seminole on the Florida/Georgia border. The Apalachicola River flows out of Lake Seminole and down into the Gulf of Mexico, where the town of Apalachicola sits and is the site of a major oystering industry. When people upriver pull water out, that means less water for the Apalachicola, and Floridians are concerned for the wildlife (like the striped bass the article highlights) and for the health of the Gulf, including the oysters. That’s a simplistic view of the dispute, but there’s the gist of it….

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