Atlanta, GA (AP) - A resurgence of the endangered fat threeridge
mussel in the Apalachicola River could give Florida more legal
leverage in a water dispute with neighboring Georgia.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service scientists plan to issue a new
report Aug. 1 that investigates the effects of water flow on the
endangered fat threeridge mussel.
In September, scientists reported finding mussels at elevations
higher than expected in a 2008 report that helped the U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers, which operates a dam, decide how much water it
should release into the river. The scientists said last year that
they found many dead mussels when the water level dropped.
An appeals court earlier rejected Florida's argument that its
needs more water to protect endangered and threatened species. The state of Florida has appealed.
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