Alabama, Florida see water wars differently 

Six days ago, a federal judge ruled that Georgia is drawing water illegally from Lake Lanier and set a three-year deadline for Georgia, Florida and Alabama to settle their long-running water war.

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Alabama Power, which owns the Joseph M. Farley Nuclear Plant, needs water to cool the plant, which provides almost 1/5 of Alabama’s power.

Further down the river, Florida has a stake – the Apalachicola estuary, which needs freshwater inflows to protect the environment for oysters, shrimp, and other marine life that depend on the estuary.

Atlanta, Georgia, of course, doesn’t want to see its water supply diverted to communities downstream.  So the judge’s ruling is anathema to them.

Which group will win out?  Who will have to cut back?  We will soon see.
This map shows Lake Lanier, north of Atlanta, Farley Nuclear Plant in Alabama, and Apalachicola, the mouth of the river.


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