Water Quality and Pollution


CITIZEN'S GUIDE TO FIGHTING WATER POLLUTION IN GEORGIA

This tool, created by Greenlaw, can help citizens achieve the Clean Water Act’s fundamental goal of protecting our water resources. It takes you step-by-step through the process of finding out what type of pollutants are being discharged into your watershed, by whom, whether they are harmful, and how to develop a strategy to reduce the amount of that pollution. Click here.

CLEAN WATER CAMPAIGN

Downloadable brochures on septic tanks, pet waste, lawn care and more. Click here to visit their website.

EROSION/GET THE DIRT OUT

View Georgia's Erosion and Sedimentation Act -- click here. You will have to search Lexis Nexis for "erosion".
For other erosion resources and information on Get the Dirt Out, click here.

TYPES OF POLLUTION

Learn more about types of water pollution and sources with this Water Pollution Guide

POLLUTION PREVENTION

Georgia's Pollution Prevention Division provides information on proper disposal of household hazardous waste.

POLLUTION SCORECARD

A pollution information site that allows you to type in your zip code. Visit www.scorecard.org.

SEPTIC SYSTEMS

Click here for septic information for homeowners.

STORMWATER

The Center for Watershed Protection has free downloadable resources on stormwater management.

TOTAL MAXIMUM DAILY LOADS (TMDL's)

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division has links to lists of TMDLs in streams all over Georgia. On the linked page you must scroll down to the TMDLs section.
Also, check out the TMDL Knowledgebase Clearinghouse

WATER QUALITY CONTROL ACT

Visit Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper's website to learn about the Georgia Water Quality Control Act.

WATER QUALITY STANDARDS

Clean Water Network's website offers a wealth of information on Water Quality Standards. Click here.

WATER-BORNE DISEASE RESEARCH

Click here.


MONITORING DATA:

EPD MONITORING DATA

EPD can send you data electronically. Contact Kathy Methier at 404-675-1657 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Make your data request as specific as possible. If you want to narrow it down to counties within the basin or certain parameters, it will make the dataset more manageable. They have data on basic chemical parameters, bacteria, and two kinds of metal samples.

You can also view the 305b/303d list of impaired waters at https://www.gaepd.org/Documents/305b.html

USGS

Search by HUC. The data is coded and takes some deciphering, but they have quite a bit of historic and recent data. Click here. You can also access several of the USGS publications by clicking here.

EPD RIVER BASIN PLANS

Click here.

COLLEGES

Many colleges do monitoring and may be willing to share data with your group. Check ecology, biology, chemistry departments for data.
Georgia Power monitors the lakes where they operate facilities.

EPD PERMITTING, COMPLIANCE AND ENFORCEMENT

Phone: 404.362.2680

GEORGIA ADOPT-A-STREAM

Volunteer water quality monitoring data. Call them at 404-675-1636 or visit the website by clicking here.

GREEN

Global Rivers Environmental Education Network (GREEN) is a school-based water monitoring program.

EPA STORET

STORET (short for STOrage and RETrieval) is a repository for water quality, biological, and physical data and is used by state environmental agencies, EPA and other federal agencies, universities, private citizens, and many others.