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Tuesday, October 18 • 3:20pm - 3:40pm
S4. The Apalachicola Most Endangered Estuary

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AUTHORS: Dan Tonsmere, Apalachicola Riverkeeper

ABSTRACT: The ACF River Basin drains 19,600 square miles from the foothills of the Smokey Mountains to the Northern Gulf Coast where Apalachicola Bay pours into the Eastern Gulf. This system provides 35% of the freshwater and nutrients that nourish the offshore fisheries over 250 miles out into the Gulf. That same system provides drinking water for the growing North Georgia Metropolitan Area surrounding Atlanta, irrigation for the agricultural breadbasket of the SE US in SE Alabama, SW Georgia and NW Florida, along with energy and industrial uses such as cooling towers, paper mills and beer making. At the bottom of the system, the Apalachicola River, Floodplain and Bay are renowned as having the highest bio-diversity of any River System in North America and one of the most productive estuaries in the Northern Hemisphere. Management of the water resources has been incongruent, short sighted and uncompromising for over 50 years with divergent interests locked in litigation for over 25 years. Not unlike other historic water allocation battles, upstream water use for agricultural, municipal and industrial uses are taxing the viability of ecosystem functions and services that support a downstream fishing and natural resources based economy. This presentation will provide some insight into the biology, science, and modeling concepts used to determine how the freshwater needs of an estuary can be viewed to determine impacts in attempts to resolve the long-standing water dispute.

Tuesday October 18, 2016 3:20pm - 3:40pm
Louisiana Room

Attendees (8)