Latest Apalachicola River Stories

2009-06-19 13:57:32

Reductions in the flow of the Apalachicola River have far-reaching effects that could prove detrimental to grouper and other reef fish populations in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico, according to a new Florida State University study that may provide new ammunition for states engaged in a nearly two-decade water war. The Florida State researchers found that in years with low river flow, the concentration of phytoplankton -- the microscopic plant-like organisms that feed into the food chain --...

2008-07-22 15:00:38

By Deborah Buckhalter, Jackson County Floridan, Marianna, Fla. Jul. 22--Three Jackson County Commissioners were among those who attended a forum on Monday in Chattahoochee to talk about water wars, water woes, and water studies that may need to be done on Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) river system. Hosted by Congressman Allen Boyd, the meeting was held at the Corps of Engineers management office near Chattahoochee. Jackson County Commissioners Jeremy Branch, Ed Crutchfield...

2008-07-10 15:00:30

By Deborah Buckhalter, Jackson County Floridan, Marianna, Fla. Jul. 10--Several Jackson County residents took part in a three-day river trip this week which was arranged especially for two top commanders with the Corps of Engineers. It was a combination of water trips and discussions on land along the way. Corps Gen. Joseph Schroedel and Col. Byron Jorns were taken all over the lower Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river system basin. They started with a boat ride Monday in the...

2008-06-24 02:29:44

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida said it intends to sue the Army Corps of Engineers for violating the Endangered Species Act, a move which could further complicate strained regional relations over shared water resources. Florida Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Michael Sole said in a letter that the Corps' plans to reduce water flow in the Apalachicola River would jeopardize threatened and endangered wildlife. The seven-page letter, dated Thursday, notes concerns by...

2008-06-21 09:00:24

By Billy House, Tampa Tribune, Fla. Jun. 21--WASHINGTON -- Florida officials are threatening to sue the federal government unless the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reconsiders its plan to withhold more water from federal reservoirs and lakes in Georgia. More flow is needed into the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin, state officials warn, or the Gulf sturgeon fish and three varieties of federally protected mussels in the Apalachicola River and bay will be further jeopardized....

Word of the Day
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'