Dec 5, 2011

All is quiet on the water front

Estuaries sound so easy to manage:

Brackish water after all is an easy mix, i.e. water and salt.

Chesapeake Bay is an estuary:
As seen near the Susquehanna River
in Havre De Grace, Maryland

The hard part for Apalachicola Bay is that its freshwater spigot – Lake Lanier – is located hundreds of miles upstream, out of state, in the outskirts of metropolitan Atlanta as part of a managed water system Apalachicola-Chatahoochee-Flint River …

Better known as simply ACF.


Back in 2007 and 2008 Lake Lanier dropped to historic lows (see red graph) which, as a result, dropped freshwater releases from Woodruff Dam below the target minimum flow (see green graph) which in turn caused a dust up between three states.

Newspapers have dubbed it the Tri-State Water War

The Tri State Water War meets the
tri-variable hydrograph (stage, discharge, and volume).

But isn’t it a non-stop battle of varying world views instead?

Engineers, biologists, fishermen, water suppliers, pollution diluters, every side with a lawyer, and politicians and constituents.


Three years later, Lanier is dropping by the day.

As a precaution, the Corps is reducing releases from the lake by 100 cubic feet per second (cfs).

If only the oysters could speak!

Could another repeat be in store?

Somewhere far downstream the oysters are digging in.

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