As the case often is in hydrology,
It’s easier to track the water than it is to track the water wars.
I lose track of those.
The big issue for Florida is maintaining minimum flows in downstream Apalachicola.
The river feeds the estuarine oyster beds of one of the states biggest fisheries – Apalachicola Bay, and the river depends on Lake Lanier – all the way up at the top of the basin (near Atlanta) – to release waters south during times of drought, when all the other tributary sources run dry.
That’s a problem because Atlanta wants to hold on to that water:
Lake Lanier is a critical cog in its municipal water supply.
But 2009 was a wet year with two huge deluges that sent waters back up to the top of the brim.
But I’m still following the water …
I never lose track of that.