Insight into State and Local Government Responsibilities for Effective Watershed Management in Georgia
Miller, Alice E.
Kundell, James E.
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Since the passage of the Clean Water Act in 1972, federal efforts to control water quality have shifted away from solely relying on traditional end-of-pipe regulation to a more unified "watershed" management approach. This shift has been accompanied by the transference of water quality responsibilities from federal fo state and local governments (e.g. total maximum daily loads (TMDLs) and erosion and sedimentation control). There is considerable federal and state support for a watershed management approach, but very few details exist concerning the implications this shift will have on local governments. This paper highlights federal and state efforts in protecting water quality through watershed management; recognizes the disjoint between water quality authority and land use authority; and also provides insight for more efficient watershed management in Georgia.