In the latest development in an ongoing tri-state water dispute, a federal judge in Alabama has ordered a slight reduction in the water flowing from the Chattahoochee River into Florida.
U.S. District Judge Karon Bowdre orded the river's water flow below the Jim Woodruff Lock and Dam reduced from seven thousand cubic feet per second to 6,750 cubic feet. The order is in effect until further notice.
Last week the judge ordered increased water flow by 60 percent. That order said the extra water was necessary to save certain protected mussel species in Florida's Apalachicola River that are in danger of extinction.
Alabama Power Company asked the judge to reduce the water flowing from Georgia into Florida. It claims the water flow could hurt operations of the Farley Nuclear Plant in extreme southeast Alabama.
Prior to the order, the Army Corps of Engineers had been releasing five thousand cubic feet per second of water from Georgia reservoirs along the Chattahoochee River.