Georgia Agricultural Water Quality Watershed Assessment
Bramblett, Jimmy R.
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Increasing concerns over water quality in the past five years have focused more attention on agriculture, and it's potential for non-point source [NPS] pollution. A small number of agricultural operations not adhering to a sound conservation ethic can encourage more regulations for all agricultural operations. When this happens, many producers become unfair targets for remediation efforts at the agricultural producer's expense. The lack of reliable data at the watershed scale is serving to fuel this debate. Total Maximum' Daily Loads [TMDLs] are being developed using outdated or insufficient agricultural data. The Agricultural Water Quality Watershed Assessment [AWQWA] is a resource inventory and analysis process designed to improve watershed scale estimates of farm management and its influence on agricultural NPS. Following the Georgia Environmental Protection Division's River Basin Planning Schedule, AWQWA generates watershed scale estimates of agriculturally based Fecal Coliform, Total Nitrogen, Nitrate, Ammonium, Total Phosphorus, and Sediment for each of Georgia's 357 10-digit watersheds over the next five years.