We all live, work and play in a watershed. Therefore, managing the health of streams, rivers and lakes in the metropolitan north Georgia area is everyone’s responsibility. Watersheds and rivers don’t necessarily follow jurisdictional boundaries, and thus protecting our water resources requires a coordinated regional approach.
The Metro Water District’s planning recommendations are contained in the Watershed Management Plan, which details strategies for both effective watershed and stormwater management and water quality protection. Ongoing technical assistance and training efforts are provided by the Metro Water District for its member local governments. The District also coordinates a comprehensive regional public awareness and education effort dealing with stormwater pollution prevention known as the Clean Water Campaign.
The Metro Water District’s planning efforts are intended to provide a baseline level of stormwater and watershed management across the entire metropolitan region while at the same time addressing specific watershed areas requiring higher degrees of protection and/or mitigation because of specific water quality issues, source water considerations or general watershed impairments. The District’s watershed management approach is also designed to build upon and incorporate current efforts currently being undertaken by local governments.
Click on any of the topics on the left to find out more about the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District’s planning and programs for stormwater management and watershed protection.