Fl., Alabama, Georgia Fighting Over Apalachicola River


Georgia officials say too much water is being drained from the state's reservoirs. They're now asking a judge to help plug the drain.

The state is suing to force the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to quit draining so much water from reservoirs along the Chattahoochee River. It fears a drought could threaten the water supply.

The problem is the Chattahoochee River flows into Florida, where it becomes the Apalachicola River. And it's there where endangered sturgeon and mussels live. And federal rules say they must be protected.

To do that, water levels must be maintained. And when it doesn't rain - officials look to Georgia's reservoirs.

This lawsuit was inspired by a mistake. The Corps accidently released too much water from Georgia's Lake Lanier - it says because of a faulty gauge.

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