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Clean Water Act Status: GEORGIA
 
 
  • 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
    GEORGIA contains a portion of 52 watersheds.
    Percentage of Surface Waters with Reported Problems (state + EPA data): 12%
    Number of Waterbodies with Reported Problems (as reported by the state): 584
    Beneficial Use Most Frequently Impaired Percent of All Impairments
    Fish Consumption 78%
    Primary Contact Recreation (Swimming) 7%
    Drinking Water Supply 4%
    Shellfish Consumption 1%
    Aesthetics / Scenic 0%
    Beneficial uses not reported for 100% of waterbodies.


    Priority for Regulation     Number of Waterbodies
    Targeted 3
    High 39
    Medium 124
    Low 340
    Not Assessed for TMDL Priority 1
    Not Reported to US EPA for TMDL Priority 77
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  • Leading Pollutants/Stressors of Surface Waters
    Rivers, Streams, and Creeks
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 542
    Percent of Rivers, Streams and Creeks in GEORGIA assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 12%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Pathogens 45%
    Impaired Biological Community 32%
    Metals 27%
    Fish Consumption Advisory 10%
    Low Dissolved Oxygen/Organic Enrichment 9%
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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: 35
    Percent of Lakes, Reservoirs and Ponds in GEORGIA assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 94%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Fish Consumption Advisory 71%
    Metals 23%
    pH 14%
    Mercury 11%
    Pathogens 11%
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    NOTE: Possible inconsistencies between data on (a) impaired waterbodies and (b) percentage of waterbodies assessed.


    Estuaries, Bays, and Coasts
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 7
    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 71%
    Impaired Biological Community 14%
    Other Habitat Alterations 14%
    Pathogens 14%
    Low Dissolved Oxygen/Organic Enrichment 14%

    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: 542 (cause not reported for 13%)
    Percent of Rivers, Streams and Creeks in GEORGIA assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 12%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Nonpoint Sources 45%
    Urban Runoff/Storm Sewers 39%
    Impairment source not reported 13%
    Municipal Point Sources 7%
    Industrial Point Sources 4%
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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: 35 (cause not reported for 2%)
    Percent of Lakes, Reservoirs and Ponds in GEORGIA assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 94%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Nonpoint Sources 80%
    Urban Runoff/Storm Sewers 26%
    Municipal Point Sources 6%
    Impairment source not reported 3%
    Industrial Point Sources 3%
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    NOTE: Possible inconsistencies between data on (a) impaired waterbodies and (b) percentage of waterbodies assessed.


    Estuaries, Bays, and Coasts
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 7 (cause not reported for 14%)
    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 71%
    Municipal Point Sources 29%
    Urban Runoff/Storm Sewers 29%
    Impairment source not reported 14%
    Industrial Point Sources 14%

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


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