Feds examining mussels in tri-state water case

By: AP
By: AP

ATLANTA -- Scientists are investigating the deaths of endangered fat threeridge mussels in the Apalachicola River, an issue that could give Florida more leverage in a water dispute with neighboring Georgia.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service researchers say they 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 dead mussels at elevations higher than expected in a 2008 analysis. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which operates regional dams, used that review to decide how much water it must release into the river.

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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