Apalachicola peaches

A ruling swings the balance of the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river system in favor of Florida and Alabama, and leaves Georgia – and specifically a primary arm of the Atlanta water supply – with the short end of the water stick.

There is a worthwhile article in the New York Times if you have a chance to read it.

As a Florida hydrologist, and in solidarity with the Apalachicola fisherman, I had been boycotting Georgia peaches until this problem was resolved.

Well finally, with the recent ruling in hand, I made way to the local farm market free of conscience ready to celebrate.

Turns out the ruling was a week late.

No, I don’t mean that Lake Lanier dipped down to a point of no return – It’s actually back up at normal stage thanks to plentiful spring rains.

And I don’t mean that outflows into the Apalachicola estuary through Woodruff Dam dropped below the estuarine critical threshold of 5,000 cubic feet per second. It’s currently flowing at around 8,000 cfs.

What I mean is that the Georgia peaches are out of season:

The bins were filled with Pennsylvania peaches instead. (I wasn’t disappointed though. PA peaches are pretty tasty!)

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