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Update: CBS News has a piece on Apalachicola: Florida’s Oyster Industry Drying Up?

FallenMonk is rightfully a bit concerned about the drought in Georgia, and is interested in knowing: What’s the Plan?

Other than hold a prayer meeting for rain, the only other idea would seem to be shutting down the outflow on the Chattahoochee and Flint Rivers which would reduce the flow of Florida’s Apalachicola River to a trickle, and shut down several hydroelectric plants.

Given the millions of dollars involved in the tupelo honey harvest and Apalachicola Bay oysters, I would hope that the state of Georgia would understand that this action would not be looked upon as friendly by the state of Florida or the several Federal agencies concerned with the wetlands near the mouth of the Apalachicola River.

Yesterday Dr. Jeff Masters wrote: “The Atlantic hurricane season officially ends on November 30, but unofficially, it is probably over. While ocean temperatures are still plenty warm to support tropical cyclone formation in the Caribbean and the Bahamas, wind shear has become prohibitive across the entire tropical Atlantic, and is forecast to remain so until early December. It is possible wind shear will fall low enough over the mid-Atlantic in early December to support tropical storm formation. Any such storm would be far out at sea, and not threaten any land areas.”

There is a La Niña condition in the Pacific Ocean which is not conducive to a wet winter in Georgia, so someone needs to start taking some action, and with less than three months worth of water in the main reservoir, it had better be something that can be done quickly.

2 comments

1 Jim Bales { 11.21.07 at 6:22 am }

Hmmmm — perhaps we can blame the godless gay liberal defeatocrat leftists?

Damned if I know what else can be done to supply something like 180-225 million gallons per day of drinking water.

http://apps.atlantaga.gov/citydir/water/factsheet.htm

2 Bryan { 11.21.07 at 12:58 pm }

They needed to have started to prepare for this months ago and to have instituted water conservation measures, like fixing leaking mains years ago.

California has a lot of solutions that reduce water use, but no one wants to worry about problems until they become crises.