The Use of In-house Resources by a Municipality to Conduct a Detailed Watershed Assessment
Bourne, Robert L.
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As reported in the 1999 Conference Proceedings Bourne and Bowers 1999) an in-house basin study was initiated in late 1998 to evaluate the condition of the R. L. Sutton Basin. The R. L. Sutton Water Reclamation Facility (WRF) is currently designed to treat an average of 40 MGD . The Cobb County Water System (CCWS) is procuring engineering services for the design of a 60 MGD WRF. EPD required that a watershed study be completed before the construction documents for expansion will be approved. After reviewing the criteria for a watershed study, CCWS found they possess the in-house resources to conduct the research using their own Water Quality Laboratory. The county's Stream Monitoring Program collects routine water quality data from 137 sites located on county streams and has contributed a wealth of historical information from sites within the study area. Additionally, with cooperation from the USGS, Cobb County obtained additional information and the use of a USGS gauging/sampling station located within the study area.