A Conceptual Program for Water Quality Monitoring in the Upper Chattahoochee River Basin in Georgia
McCallum, Brian E.
Horowitz, Arthur J.
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The Chattahoochee River is a major resource for drinking water, aquatic life, recreation, and wastewater assimilation in the States of Georgia, Alabama and Florida. The rapid growth of the Atlanta metropolitan area has put a substantial strain on the basin's water resources. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has developed a conceptual program to evaluate the current status of, and to monitor changes in, the water quality of the upper Chattahoochee River basin (from the headwaters to Columbus, Georgia). The concept is both multifaceted and multidisciplinary, and would be phased in over four years. Components of the program are intended to: (1) better detect health risks from bacteria and various chemical constituents; (2) implement an intensive basinwide sampling effort to provide an assessment of current water-quality conditions and identify local areas of concern; (3) establish current baseline conditions; (4) provide a framework for assessing changes in water quality; and (5) develop a state-of-the-art real-time water-quality monitoring network throughout the basin.