Surface Water Quality

March 2010 Water Resource Assessments Available for Review

Surface Water Quality refers to the amount of pollution waterways can handle and still meet water quality standards. The Assimilative Capacity assessment will measure the capacity of Georgia’s surface waters to absorb pollutants without unacceptable degradation of water quality. This process includes basic modeling of all of Georgia’s 52 watersheds. More complex models will be developed for watersheds where the assimilative capacity may not be adequate to support projected needs for wastewater discharge. The water quality models will be used to evaluate the impacts of forecasted flows, proposed discharge locations, and future land use patterns.

The results of the March 2010 Current Water Resource Assessments are available for review here. Detailed technical reports are being completed for each draft water resource assessment. These reports provide background information on methods, data, and modeling techniques. Background data sets, such as the list of facilities used in the current assessments, are also available. To receive any of the technical reports completed to date or other available background data, please contact Suzanne Desmond, [email protected], 404-463-1425.

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