The Battle Over the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint Water Basin

Presented By Tom Berson

Florida v. Georgia isn’t just a football rivalry, it’s also the title of a Supreme Court case that could affect the health of the Apalachicola River and Bay and the fate of the Florida oyster industry that depends on them. For more than two decades, increasing demands on the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint water basin by Georgia residents, farmers, and other stakeholders have had substantial impacts on the river system in Florida, most dramatically in 2012 when the Bay was declared a fishery disaster by federal officials. In this presentation, Tom Berson examines the history and future of this critical battle and its role in determining the future of our water.

Tom Berson received his doctorate from the University of Florida, where he wrote his dissertation on the history of Silver Springs and the north Florida interior. A former health and science journalist, he also has an M.A. from Florida State University in American and Florida Studies. He has taught Florida and Environmental history classes at Stetson University and currently teaches American History at Santa Fe College.

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