Interviews of Georgia Water Resources Scientists and Managers
Vallotton, Bobbie A.
Rasmussen, Todd C.
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Federal and state legislation requires Source Water Assessment and Protection Plans, Watershed Assessments, and Total Maximum Daily Loads. Georgia water resource professionals need tools to implement these legal mandates, educate the public, allocate resources, and plan for the future. BASINS is an environmental analysis system created by EPA for TMDL development. A masters thesis conducted by the first author explores issues involved with coupling spatial analysis with hydrologic modeling. The thesis evaluates the use of BASINS in Georgia based on criteria selected from federal and state legislation, and from interviews with federal, state, and local water resource professionals. Trial simulations are run to compare modeling over a range of watershed sizes, to examine issues of importing data, and to examine how BASINS can support several legal directives. A brief summary of the interviews is presented here.