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Florida city goes to court seeking to keep Corps from reducing water releases from Georgia

By Ken Stanford Contributing Editor
APPALACHICOLA, Fla. - A published report says the City of Apalachicola, Florida, has gone to court seeking to keep the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from any further reductions in water releases from Lake Lanier and other Georgia water sources.

According to the Panama City, Fla., News Herald, the suit says a way of life for oyster men and shrimpers is at stake.

But, Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue, in his state of the state address Thursday, renewed his vow to fight such actions.

"We will not allow others outside our state to limit our access to the waters that fall on our land," Perdue declared.

Perdue, of course, was alluding to the ongoing water war involving Georgia, Florida and Alabama.

The News Herald reports the suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Tallahassee against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and seeks to block any future reductions in flow down the Chattahoochee (which feeds Lanier), Flint and Apalachicola rivers.

It calls on the court to declare unlawful a series of flow reductions the Corps has taken in recent months to respond to drought conditions plaguing the Southeast, and to prohibit them from enacting further reductions, according to the report.
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