Watershed Management Plans

The Watershed Management Program is a process of assessing the condition of the County’s 17 watersheds and develop plans to protect, restore, and improve them.

To assess each watershed we complete the following process:
  • Stream walks: Assessing the physical health of the stream by evaluating the beds, banks, and buffers by walking the entire length of each stream.
  • Sampling: Conducting grab sampling on each stream to gather data about 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 computer model. The model will help us evaluate options for reducing pollution.
  • BMP Selection: Selecting Best Management Practices (BMP), including physical, educational, and legal, to best improve and protect watershed health.

Several Watershed Management Plans have been begun. Click the links below to download the draft plans:
 
Watershed Management Plan Schedule: Plans take over a year to develop, but the anticipated completion dates are as follows:
  • 2011: Cedar Creek, Tanyard Creek,  Shoal Creek
  • 2012: Carr Creek, Turkey Creek
  • 2013: Walton Creek, McNutt Creek, Malcolm Branch, Bear Creek
  • 2014: Big Creek, Sulphur Springs, Sandy Creek
  • 2015: Trail Creek (East Fork, Main Stem), North Oconee River, Middle Oconee River