Thursday, December 6, 2007

Water shortage impacting endangered mussels

In a previous post, there was some discussion about the ongoing battle over water between Florida, Georgia, and Alabama, and the impact that water diversion might have on several species of endangered mussels that count on the water flowing from Georgia. Now the head of Florida's Department of Environmental Protection has weighed in on the subject. As reported in the Tallahassee Democrat, DEP Secretary Michael Sole sent a letter to the Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, stating that the corps failed to provide required data about die-offs of endangered and threatened mussels in the Apalachicola River and oysters in Apalachicola Bay. A copy of the letter is available here(pdf) courtesy of the Orlando Sentinel.

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