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Clean Water Act Status: CHATHAM County, GA
 
 
  • Clean Water Act Comparative Ranking
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    Percentage of Surface Waters with Impaired or Threatened Uses (state + EPA data):
    Number of Impaired Waterbodies (as reported by the state):

    NOTE: Data limitations affect the accuracy of these rankings.

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  • 1998 Clean Water Act Status
    CHATHAM County contains a portion of 3 watersheds:
    Lower Ogeechee
    Lower Savannah
    Ogeechee Coastal
    Percentage of Surface Waters with Reported Problems (state + EPA data): 23%
    Number of Waterbodies with Reported Problems (as reported by the state): 12
    Black Creek
    Cypress Creek At S-27-119
    Jackson Branch
    Lower Savannah River Drainage, Freshwater Portions Only
    Medway River
    Ogeechee River
    Ogeechee River
    Ossabaw Estuary
    Pipemaker Canal
    Savannah River
    Savannah River
    Savannah Rvr At Us 17 8.9 Mi Ssw Of Hardeeville
    Beneficial Use Most Frequently Impaired Percent of All Impairments
    Fish Consumption 75%
    Primary Contact Recreation (Swimming) 8%
    Drinking Water Supply 8%
    Aquatic Life Support 8%
     Beneficial uses not reported for 8% of waterbodies.


    Priority for Regulation     Number of Waterbodies
    Targeted 0
    High 2
    Medium 4
    Low 6
    Not Assessed for TMDL Priority 0
    Not Reported to US EPA for TMDL Priority 0
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  • Leading Pollutants/Stressors of Surface Waters
    Rivers, Streams, and Creeks
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 10
    Percent of Rivers, Streams and Creeks in GEORGIA assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 12%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Fish Consumption Advisory 50%
    Pathogens 30%
    Metals 30%
    Mercury 30%
    Low Dissolved Oxygen/Organic Enrichment 20%
    More...

    NOTE: Possible inconsistencies between data on (a) impaired waterbodies and (b) percentage of waterbodies assessed.


    Estuaries, Bays, and Coasts
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 2
    Percent of Estuaries and Bays in GEORGIA assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 100%
    Percent of Coastal Shorelines in GEORGIA assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 0%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Fish Consumption Advisory 100%

    NOTE: Possible inconsistencies between data on (a) impaired waterbodies and (b) percentage of waterbodies assessed.


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  • Leading Sources of Water Quality Problems
    Rivers, Streams, and Creeks
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 10 (cause not reported for 40%)
    Percent of Rivers, Streams and Creeks in GEORGIA assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 12%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Nonpoint Sources 60%
    Impairment source not reported 40%
    Industrial Point Sources 10%

    NOTE: Possible inconsistencies between data on (a) impaired waterbodies and (b) percentage of waterbodies assessed.


    Estuaries, Bays, and Coasts
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 2
    Percent of Estuaries and Bays in GEORGIA assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 100%
    Percent of Coastal Shorelines in GEORGIA assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 0%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Nonpoint Sources 100%

    NOTE: Possible inconsistencies between data on (a) impaired waterbodies and (b) percentage of waterbodies assessed.


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