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.
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!)