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Satellite photo of Apalachicola Bay
Apalachicola Bay from the International Space Station, NASA

Apalachicola Bay, and most if its drainage basin, encompass what can be considered one of the least polluted, undeveloped, resource-rich systems left in the United States. The Apalachicola Drainage basin includes upland, floodplain, riverine, estuarine, and barrier island environments that are closely interrelated and influenced by each other, The Apalachicola River basin is only one component of the larger Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River system (ACF). The ACF basin covers the central and southwestern part of Georgia, the southeastern part of Alabama, and the central part of the Florida Panhandle. It drains an area covering approximately 19.800 square miles.

The Chattahoochee River flows 430 miles from its source in the Blue Ridge Mountains of northern Georgia before it meets and joins the Flint River which flows 350 miles from its origins just south of Atlanta, Georgia. There are 16 dams on this river system, the last of which is located at the Georgia/Florida border. Below this point, the name of the river changes to the Apalachicola. From here, the river flows for 106 miles through some of the most pristine bottomland hardwood forests in the U. S. before emptying into the Gulf of Mexico.

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