The Apalachicola watershed is one of the most biodiverse regions in the United States, but one that is threatened by water withdrawals upstream of it in Georgia and Alabama. Apalachicola Bay is home to a world-renowned oyster fishery, but severe drought crippled Florida’s largest oyster producer in 2012. Its recovery is ongoing. While the bay gets a large part of the media attention, management of freshwater flow in upstream Georgia and Alabama and the engineering of the Apalachicola River channel have had impacts throughout the river basin.
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