Welcome to the Apalachicola Documentary Website!

By Documentary Co-Producer, Donna Green-Townsend

Two hundred yards below the Appalachian Trail in Georgia, the waters of the Chattahoochee River begin a 500 mile journey south.  The river flows each day through Atlanta, past Western Georgia cities like Columbus and along the state boundary between Georgia and Alabama -- past more than a dozen dams and locks on the way to the Gulf of Mexico.  At the Florida-Georgia border the Chattahoochee meets up with Georgia's Flint River and  takes on a new name --The Apalachicola. Sixteen billion gallons of water flow down the Apalachicola into the Bay every day making it Florida's largest waterway and it's at the heart of a tri-state water war.

This documentary is an audio journey to the community at the end of the drainpipe so to speak -- Apalachicola: a Florida seafood community that worries about being at the mercy of its northern water using neighbors. We journey to the city's famous waterfront, hear about the history of this unique river town and find out how the community's affected by the rapid development of ecotourism and growth .  We also talk with the key negotiators involved in the current water war involving Alabama, Florida and Georgia as the clock ticks down on a deadline to resolve differences over shared river resources.

There's a lot at stake for all three southern states: rapid growth in Atlanta creates a strong need to secure drinking water for the future. Farmers want to maintain the ability to irrigate their crops, Alabama residents want to maintain peak hydropower and navigational use, and in Florida, at the end of the Apalachicola River, the seafood industry worries about the future of its oysters, scallops, crabs and shrimp.

This website is the online supplement to this hour long documentary. It features behind-the-scenes pictures, songs about the area, links to a wealth of information on the topic, and a list of airdates on public radio stations across the country. Please join us on-line and on the radio for a journey through the tri-state water war: Apalachicola Doin' Time.

Click here to hear some of the key points of the tri-state water war (Requires Real Audio G2)

Also, read the interviews with key players in the tri-state water war:

Sally Bethea -- Executive Director of Upper Chattahoochee River Keeper

Matt Kales -- Program Director at Upper Chattahoochee River Keeper

Bob Kerr -- Director, Pollution Prevention Assistance Division, Georgia Department of Natural Resources

Steve Leitman -- Environmental Scientist, NW FL Water Management District

Woody Miley -- Director, Apalachicola National Marine Estuary

Lindsey Thomas -- Federal Commissioner of the ACT - ACF River Basin Commission

Now Available: The full transcript of the documentary. (Caution - This file is large and it may take a long time to download)

Brought to you by WUFT-FM in Gainesville, FL
Documentary website designed by Jason Shindler