The Army Corps of engineers released a plan last month that would allow Georgia to keep more water in northern Georgia's Lake Lanier thus reducing flows into Florida. The state of Georgia no longer believes it can send water out of state due to its own needs. Florida now opposes reductions of the amount of water flowing into the state from Georgia since it could hurt the seafood industry. According to Mike Sole, secretary of Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the reduced flow of water has increased the salinity in the bays and is already killing oysters. Florida is also concerned about the health of mussels in Apalachicola Bay. The governors of Florida, Georgia, and Alabama are scheduled to meet in Tallahassee to discuss the problem on December 17.
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