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Obama Vows to End Water War

October 16th, 2008 by flanews

Democratic Presidential Nominee Barack Obama says if hes elected president hell end the Apalachicola Water War among Alabama, Georgia and Florida. For nearly 20 years the three states have been battling over the waterways flowing into the Apalachicola Bay. US Lawmakers have asked Governor Charlie Crist set goals for a proposed million dollar study on how to fairly manage the rivers that feed the bay. Florida Obama Campaign Spokesman Ian Bassin said if his candidate wins the election hell push all sides to reach an agreement.

Once we have that study, which Barack Obama will push for as president, he will then call on the governors of Georgia, Alabama and Florida, to come together again as stakeholders to use the recommendation in that study to come up with an equitable water sharing solution for the future, said Bassin.

Ten percent of the country’s oysters come from the Apalachicola Bay. A decrease in water flow to the bay is threatening the states oyster industry.

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