Estuaries sound so easy to manage:
Brackish water after all is an easy mix, i.e. water and salt.
|Chesapeake Bay is an estuary:|
As seen near the Susquehanna River
in Havre De Grace, Maryland
The hard part for Apalachicola Bay is that its freshwater spigot – Lake Lanier – is located hundreds of miles upstream, out of state, in the outskirts of metropolitan Atlanta as part of a managed water system Apalachicola-Chatahoochee-Flint River …
Better known as simply ACF.
Back in 2007 and 2008 Lake Lanier dropped to historic lows (see red graph) which, as a result, dropped freshwater releases from Woodruff Dam below the target minimum flow (see green graph) which in turn caused a dust up between three states.
Newspapers have dubbed it the Tri-State Water War …
|The Tri State Water War meets the|
tri-variable hydrograph (stage, discharge, and volume).
But isn’t it a non-stop battle of varying world views instead?
Engineers, biologists, fishermen, water suppliers, pollution diluters, every side with a lawyer, and politicians and constituents.
Three years later, Lanier is dropping by the day.
As a precaution, the Corps is reducing releases from the lake by 100 cubic feet per second (cfs).
|If only the oysters could speak!|
Could another repeat be in store?
Somewhere far downstream the oysters are digging in.