Atlanta Floods May Bring Temporary Peace to Water Wars
There is a silver lining in the more than 20 inches of rain that has
beset the Atlanta area. The rain is substantially filling Lake Lanier,
the primary source of drinking water for Atlanta. This is expected to bring temporary peace to a 3 state water war.
Florida, Georgia, and Alabama have been battling for 20 years over the rights to the water that eventually ends up in Apalachicola Bay. Until a recent court ruling, the Army Corps of Engineers has given Atlanta's
drinking needs priority over the needs of one of Florida's largest
Less fresh water has meant fewer oysters and fish, which the Apalachicola Chamber director says has taken a toll on the local economy. Oysters, shrimp, and grouper all spawn in these shallow waters. Without adequate freshwater flow, the fish don't move into the Gulf.
Now after begging for more water for 20 years. It could become a case of
be careful of what you wish.
With all the rain in Georgia, Lake Lanier is returning to near normal
levels. Water managers are expected to increase flow from lower dams in
the system, sending more fresh water into the bay.
In the end, the return of Lake Lanier will buy time to search for
compromise in the 20 year old war between Florida Georgia and Alabama.
At least until the next drought.
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