Cobb County's Stream Assessment Program
Decker, Colin J.
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During the 1970's Cobb County began a simple stream monitoring program to locate and correct overflowing manholes and to evaluate the performance of small treatment plants operated by the cities and industries located inside of it's borders. This initial program consisted of laboratory technicians sampling the various stream stations through out the county and reporting on fecal coliform populations and the biochemical oxygen demand. Since its inception, the stream monitoring program has progressed to include seventy-one monitoring stations on twenty streams. Improvements include a more in-depth analytical evaluation and the analysis of data including measurement - of stream flow and the use of chemical and biotic indices. The background and developments of Cobb's local program are offered to provide information to other local governments wishing to establish stream monitoring programs of their own.