Planning & Govt. Services
Broad River Watershed Management Plan
A five-mile segment of the Broad River in Madison County has been identified by the State of Georgia as a contaminated stream. Fecal coliform from “nonpoint” sources such as agriculture, wildlife, or septic systems, is present at levels that exceed state standards, and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Environmental Protection Division (EPD) has contracted the Northeast Georgia Regional Commission to identify ways to improve the watershed.
We have identified several “Best Management Practices” (BMP) to reduce pollution over the short-, medium-, and long-term. These BMPs provide landowners and others with tools to improve water quality. EPD administers grant funding to assist with implementation, and other sources of information, such as the County extension office and the Georgia Adopt-a-Stream program, are excellent partners.
Recommended Best Management Practices
For the Broad River Watershed
Limiting Livestock Access to Riparian Areas and Streams: Best implemented when producers have alternative water sources and shade for their livestock.
Vegetated Buffers/Filter Strips/Swales: Strips of vegetation next to an area of runoff. The runoff flows over the buffer or filter strip to allow sediment to be captured and allow water to be filtered into the soil.
Monitoring Malfunctioning Septic Tanks: Ensure that septic tanks are monitored and maintained through educational programs and/or ordinances.
Stackhouses for Poultry Litter: Poultry growers should consider stacking broiler litter for more than eight days to eliminate fecal coliforms in runoff from land-spread litter.
Wildlife Management: Measures designed to address animal overpopulation or the concentration and infiltration of specific animals into streams and lakes.
Educational Programs and Materials: Communities employ various methods to engage area residents, employers, and developers on the rules and efforts behind maintaining local water quality.
Stream Crossings: Designed to protect water quality and erosion by concentrating animal and livestock crossings over stable access points or structures.