ACC Finishing Up Watershed Management Plans
As part of watershed management and planning efforts in the county, ACC Stormwater has been working on developing Watershed Management Plans for the 18 different watersheds within Athens. The primary purpose of these plans is to guide county staff, elected officials, community organizations, and citizens in protecting and restoring beauty and function within the watershed. The plans are intended to be practical tools with specific recommendations on practices that will improve and sustain a healthy environment. At the end of March, 18 plans will be complete and available to the public for review. To complete these plans and characterize each watershed, the following steps have been completed:
- Stream Walks: Assessing the physical health of a stream by evaluating the stream beds, banks, and buffers by walking the entire length of the stream.
- Sampling: Conducting grab sampling on each stream to gather water quality data. This step helps us identify potential sources of impairment and allows us to evaluate the chemical health of the stream.
- Modeling: Determining the amount and sources of pollution in each stream by entering the data we have gathered into a statistical model. The model helps us evaluate options for reducing pollutant loads.
- BMP Selection: Selecting Best Management Practices (BMPs) including physical, educational, and legal options to best improve and protect watershed health.
Visit our website for updates about when all of the plans are complete.