Water Shed Protection Program
Scott Fowler, Environmental Manager
Protecting water quality is a core mission of the City of Valdosta Utilities Department. A key component of this work is water quality monitoring and reporting. Monitoring provides a wealth of information that enables the Utilities Department to identify any irregularities in water quality and make operational decisions based on accurate and timely information.
The City is steadfast in its commitment to preserve a safe, clean environment with healthy watersheds in our growing community. Georgia has 52 watersheds throughout the state. Three of them, the Withlacoochee, Alapaha, and Little River are located in the Valdosta area. A watershed is defined as a high area of land that is drained into a river, river system, or body of water. Rain often carries sediments and other material into rivers and streams that can contaminate water resources. For this reason, well maintained watersheds are essential for healthy rivers and streams.
To ensure the highest level of water quality possible within our rivers and streams, the City continually evaluates its monitoring network and improves and expands the network where needed. The current network is comprised of 16 sampling sites located on rivers, streams and lakes in and around the City's service area. These sites are sampled and tested quarterly for a variety of constituents, including nutrients, microbes and physical measurements.
Although the majority of the samples are analyzed at the City's centralized wastewater laboratory by state certified analysts, some are analyzed via contract by Environmental Testing Laboratories (ETL) in Thomasville. Sample result data are stored at the centralized lab in a dedicated database. Sampling locations and their associated watersheds are listed below.
|One Mile Branch||Gordon St|
|Two Mile Branch||South of Lake Drive and Winding Way|
|Sugar Creek||Gornto Rd|
|Sugar Creek||St. Augustine Rd|
|Withlacoochee River||Hwy 133, St. Augustine Rd|
|Withlacoochee River||North Valdosta Road Crossing|
|Withlacoochee River||Hwy 84 crossing|
|Cherry Creek||Bemiss Road|
|Withlacoochee River||Staten Road|
|Cherry Creek||Cherry Creek Road|
|Alapaha Watershed||Sample Location|
|Knights Creek||Inner Perimeter|
|Mud Creek||Inner Perimeter Crossing|
|Dukes Bay||Gil Harbin Industrial Boulevard|
|Knights Creek||Johnson Rd SE|
|Knights Creek||Jaycee Shack Rd|
|Little River Watershed||Sample Location|
|Little River||Highway 133/ Little River|
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Valdosta, Georgia 31601