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Senator Poised to Fight

June 16th, 2008 by flanews

Florida continues to battle with Alabama and Georgia over water flow to the Apalachicola River. The US Army Corps of Engineers has reserved the right to cut the water flow from Georgia’s Lake Lanier to help conserve water. Some say cutting the flow would hurt Florida’s oyster business and kill 4 threatened species that live in the Apalachicola Bay. US Senator Bill Nelson said he’s ready to go to war with the Army Corps of Engineers if they hold the water back.

“If we get into a drought this September, when the Army Corps has said that Georgia can hold back that stretch of Water, I’m getting ready to fight them to release waters from Lake Lanier where they have a year and a half of fresh water supply,” said Nelson.

Ten Percent of the nation’s oysters are harvested from the Apalachicola River.

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