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Florida Southern Drought

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ Governor Charlie Crist is pledging to
fight for members of the seafood industry in north Florida who say
the water wars between Florida and Georgia are threatening to kill
their businesses.
The governor met with business owners and local officials to
discuss the issue today.
They oppose reductions in river flows from Georgia because the
seafood industry in north Florida depends upon that fresh water.
They say the ongoing drought has already hurt oyster beds in
Apalachicola Bay and further reductions in fresh water could be
devastating.
It's estimated the bay produces 90 percent of Florida's oysters
and more than ten percent of the nation's oyster supply.
The Army Corps of Engineers has reduced the flow of water from
Georgia to Florida by five percent as a result of dwindling water
supplies around Atlanta.


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