GA Suwannee-Satilla RWPC Meeting 2022-03-09

Water gaps and water quality: the Georgia Suwannee-Satilla Regional Water Planning Council meets 10-15 AM to 2 PM, Wednesday, March 9, 2022 at Coastal Pines Technical College, 1701 Carswell Ave, Waycross, GA 31503. There is an online method of attendance, unfortunately via Microsoft Teams.

Unlike Florida’s Suwannee River Water Management District, SSRWPC has no paid staff, no budget to speak of, and no taxing, permitting, or fining ability. Its Council is all volunteers, assisted by a few staff from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (GA-EPD) and sometimes a consultant or two.

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Region, Public Notice



Announcement Date: February 2, 2022


The Suwannee-Satilla Regional Water Planning Council

will hold a meeting at the following date, time and location:

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Registration: 10:15 A.M. – 10:30 A.M.

Meeting: 10:30 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.

Note: This Meeting may be attended In-Person (with Social Distancing Measures in place) or Virtually via the MS Teams Link with Call-In Information Provided Below

Coastal Pines Technical College
1701 Carswell Ave
Waycross, GA 31503

If you are planning to attend the meeting in-person please send your RSVP notice to so we can ensure we do not exceed the venue capacity.

For Virtual Attendance use this link: Join Microsoft Teams Meeting

(844) 566-5330 United States (Toll-free) Conference ID: 366683922#

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For additional information about the Suwannee-Satilla Regional Water Planning Council, please contact: Cliff Lewis, Georgia EPD Watershed Protection Branch, (229) 391-2410 or

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Public Notice 09MAR2022

According to Georgia Water Planning,

The following counties are considered part of the Suwannee – Satilla Region:

  • Atkinson
  • Bacon
  • Ben Hill
  • Berrien
  • Brantley
  • Brooks
  • Charlton
  • Clinch
  • Coffee
  • Cook
  • Echols
  • Irwin
  • Lanier
  • Lowndes
  • Pierce
  • Tift

The SSRWPC region maps also include Turner County.

All of these counties except Bacon and Pierce are at least partly in the Suwannee River Basin; see WWALS counties and cities.


Some counties are at least partly in the Basin but not in SSRWPC. Colquitt, Thomas, and Worth are in the”>Lower Flint-Ochlockonee Region. Crisp and Dooly are in the Upper Flint Region. Wilcox is in the Altamaha Region.

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Georgia Water Planning Regions

According to the Suwannee-Satilla Council web page:

The members of the Suwanne-Satilla Regional Water Planning Council include:

Name City County
Joseph L. Boyett (Alternate) Waycross Ware
William L. Brim Tifton Tift
Carroll H. Coarsey Brookfield Tift
Ben Copeland Lakeland Lanier
Scott Downing, Chair Fitzgerald Ben Hill
Eugene Dyal Alma Bacon
Darvin Eason Lenox Cook
Michael E. Edgy Waynesville Brantley
Jim Hedges Ashburn Turner
Alva J. Hopkins Folkston Charlton
Donald A. Johnson (Alternate) Nicholls Coffee
John W. Langdale Valdosta Lowndes
Joe Lewis Tifton Tift
R.R. Rusty McCall Valdosta Lowndes
Donald H. McCallum Wray Irwin
Dan Raines Ashburn Turner
Scotty Raines Sycamore Turner
Frank G. Sisk (Alternate) Blackshear Pierce
Miles A. Stone Fargo Clinch
Grady M. Thompson, Vice Chair Tifton Tift
Doyle Weltzbarker Quitman Brooks
James R. Willis Waycross Ware
Jackie Wilson Douglas Coffee

Here is the SSRWPC Fact Sheet and their Full Report, updated in 2017.


About rivers in the SSRWP region and what the Council does, according to the Suwannee-Satilla Regional Water Plan web page:

The rivers in the region are unique in comparison to most of Georgia Rivers in that the watersheds are much smaller in size. This results in more frequent surface water lower flow conditions and increases the importance of groundwater to the region. Surface water is forecasted to meet about 18% of the region’s water use and agriculture accounts for 98% of this use. Groundwater is predominately used from the Floridan aquifer and is needed to meet about 82% of the region’s water needs. Agriculture, municipal, domestic, and industry are the major demand sectors for groundwater.

Water resource challenges in the region include surface water shortfalls during some periods of time on the Alapaha, Satilla, Suwannee and Withlacoochee Rivers; and water quality challenges associated with trophic-weighted residual mercury is fish tissue and low dissolved oxygen in some portions of the region.

Management practices are needed to address these challenges including: water conservation; refining planning information; use of existing or new storage to help reduce the frequency/severity of critical low flow conditions; sustainable use of groundwater during times of limited surface water flows; improving/upgrading wastewater treatment; and addressing non-point sources of pollution.

 -jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®

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