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.
REGIONAL WATER PLANNING COUNCIL MEETING
Announcement Date: February 2, 2022
TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS AND PARTIES:
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 email@example.com 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#
For additional information about the Suwannee-Satilla Regional Water Planning Council, please contact: Cliff Lewis, Georgia EPD Watershed Protection Branch, (229) 391-2410 or Cliff.Lewis@dnr.ga.gov
According to Georgia Water Planning,
The following counties are considered part of the Suwannee – Satilla Region:
- Ben Hill
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 https://waterplanning.georgia.gov/water-planning-regions/lower-flint-ochlockonee-water-planning-region”>Lower Flint-Ochlockonee Region. Crisp and Dooly are in the Upper Flint Region. Wilcox is in the Altamaha Region.
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
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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