Apalachicola Riverkeeper has issued a call for
action to the Governors of , Florida and Alabama to mitigate the economic and
ecological impacts from the prolonged drought conditions that all three states
are experiencing. Georgia
The Riverkeeper is also seeking action from Senator Nelson, the federal government and the Northwest Florida Water Management District.
The southeast is undergoing severe drought conditions – researchers are seeing the lowest ever water levels on the
Flint River and groundwater levels in areas of southwest . Georgia
They are also seeing historically high, prolonged salinity levels in
which is causing a loss of seafood
habitat and significant oyster die-offs. Apalachicola Bay
Shrimp harvests in
and eastern Gulf have diminished to
levels that will not support commercial shrimping and the blue Crab harvest is suffering
too. Apalachicola Bay
To help keep water upstream, The
Army Corps of Engineers has entered drought operations and cut the
amount of water flowing into the US to 5,000 cubic feet per second to protect
threatened and endangered species. Apalachicola River
The Corps plans to maintain the minimum flow and store all available rainfall when possible until the basin recovers sufficiently to come out of drought operations.
Apalachicola Riverkeeper is calling for the
Governors of , Florida , and Alabama meet in an emergency session to
assess any options that could mitigate the impact of this prolonged drought. Georgia
They are also calling on Governor Rick Scott specifically to begin state action to provide seafood industry workers relief during the ongoing drought.
They are asking that the NW Florida Water Management District establish water conservation measures that Georgia Governor Deal impose significant water use restrictions.
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