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Clean Water Act Status: GEORGETOWN County, SC
 
 
  • 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
    GEORGETOWN County contains a portion of 5 watersheds:
    Black
    Carolina Coastal-Sampit
    Lower Pee Dee
    Santee
    Waccamaw
    Percentage of Surface Waters with Reported Problems (state + EPA data): 98%
    Number of Waterbodies with Reported Problems (as reported by the state): 117
    Beneficial Use Most Frequently Impaired Percent of All Impairments
    Shellfish Consumption 37%
    Aquatic Life Support 30%
    Primary Contact Recreation (Swimming) 23%
    Overall Use 16%
    Fish Consumption 5%
     Beneficial uses not reported for 3% of waterbodies.


    Priority for Regulation     Number of Waterbodies
    Targeted 10
    High 25
    Medium 65
    Low 15
    Not Assessed for TMDL Priority 2
    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: 62 (cause not reported for 8%)
    Percent of Rivers, Streams and Creeks in SOUTH CAROLINA assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 65%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Pathogens 39%
    Mercury 23%
    Low Dissolved Oxygen/Organic Enrichment 15%
    pH 10%
    Impaired Biological Community 10%
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    NOTE: Possible inconsistencies between data on (a) impaired waterbodies and (b) percentage of waterbodies assessed.


    Lakes, Reservoirs, and Ponds
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 6 (cause not reported for 33%)
    Percent of Lakes, Reservoirs and Ponds in SOUTH CAROLINA assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 58%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Pathogens 33%
    Low Dissolved Oxygen/Organic Enrichment 17%
    Mercury 17%

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


    Estuaries, Bays, and Coasts
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 41
    Percent of Estuaries and Bays in SOUTH CAROLINA assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 32%
    Percent of Coastal Shorelines in SOUTH CAROLINA assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 0%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Pathogens 93%
    Low Dissolved Oxygen/Organic Enrichment 17%
    pH 12%
    Metals 5%
    Mercury 2%

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


    Fresh Water Wetlands
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 6
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Pathogens 67%
    Impaired Biological Community 17%
    Low Dissolved Oxygen/Organic Enrichment 17%
    Metals 17%

    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: 62 (cause not reported for 87%)
    Percent of Rivers, Streams and Creeks in SOUTH CAROLINA assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 65%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Impairment source not reported 87%
    Nonpoint Sources 13%

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


    Lakes, Reservoirs, and Ponds
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 6 (cause not reported for 100%)
    Percent of Lakes, Reservoirs and Ponds in SOUTH CAROLINA assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 58%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Impairment source not reported 100%

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


    Estuaries, Bays, and Coasts
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 41 (cause not reported for 95%)
    Percent of Estuaries and Bays in SOUTH CAROLINA assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 32%
    Percent of Coastal Shorelines in SOUTH CAROLINA assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 0%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Impairment source not reported 95%
    Nonpoint Sources 5%

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


    Fresh Water Wetlands
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 6 (cause not reported for 100%)
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Impairment source not reported 100%

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