Support Fair Water Flow for Florida's Industry and Wildlife Along Apalachicola River & Bay
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A Fight Over Water, and to Save a Way of Life
Apalachicola is a Florida heritage site, a bastion of Old Florida history and lifestyle, and severely dependent on the water flow from the Apalachicola, Chattahoochee and Flint Rivers. The unique mix of water from the ACF basin and the Gulf of Mexico has created one of this country's most bountiful environments for marine life and the seafood industry.
As early as 1896, Apalachicola Bay exported around 50,000 cans of oysters a day to other states across the country. Five years ago, Apalachicola Bay oyster fishers harvested more than 3 million pounds of oyster meat, roughly 92 percent of Florida’s oyster harvest and 10 percent of the national harvest. However, much has changed since 2013. During that year, the total harvest dropped to around 1 million pounds, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration declared a fishery state of disaster on at the bay.
Apalachicola's issues can be traced back to 1989, when the United States Army Corps of Engineers recommended that some water flowing through the Buford Dam, located on the Chattahoochee River in northern Georgia, should be used for the city of Atlanta's water supply. Florida has pursued legal action to protect the flow of water that meets the Gulf, but it is facing an uphill battle.
In 2017, a special master has recommended to the U.S. Supreme Court to rule against Florida in a decades-long fight over water use. This ruling will deliver a big blow to not only the oysters, but the people of Big Bend’s Apalachicola Bay.
Sign this petition to make your Florida voice heard in this battle. This petition will be delivered to the Army Corps of Engineers in support of finding a different solution to the water needs of the states involved in this fight.
Help us bring awareness to the economic and ecologic disaster restricted water flow will cause. Follow @oneriverapalach on Twitter and Instagram for more info.
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