Protecting the Big Haynes Creek Watershed: A Strategy for Land Management and Nonpoint Pollution Control
Schmidt, Denise L.
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Population growth has led metropolitan Atlanta and surrounding counties to evaluate and pursue new water supply sources. Rockdale County plans to construct a dam on Big Haynes Creek to create a reservoir and build a downstream, run-of-river intake. With 82 square miles, the Big Haynes Water Supply Watershed encompasses portions of four counties and three cities and is considered a small water supply watershed according to DNR minimum planning criteria. The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) facilitated a study to investigate alternatives to these criteria and to develop a proposal for implementing a management plan for the watershed. In order to protect water quality and reduce costs, the recommended alternative included allowing development anticipated in the local governmments' 2020 land use scenario, coupled with requiring certain categories of new development be served by regional wet detention ponds.