Georgia began using a river basin planning approach to watershed protection in the 1990s. This approach provided a framework for identifying, assessing, and prioritizing water resource issues; and developing implementation strategies to reduce pollution, enhance aquatic habitat, and provide a dependable water supply.
The River Basin Management Plans shown below were prepared in accordance with legislation passed by the Georgia General Assembly that called for the Environmental Protection Division to prepare plans for each major river basin in Georgia. The plans were developed in cooperation with the public and agency partners, including the Georgia Forestry Commission, Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission, DNR's Wildlife Resources Division, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, the U. S Geological Survey, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Georgia’s river basin planning legislation was superseded and replaced by the Georgia State-wide Water Planning Act (O.C.G.A. §12-5520 et seq.) in 2004. Regional water planning now proceeds through the framework established by the 2008 State Water Plan, adopted pursuant to the State-wide Water Planning Act. See http://www.georgiawaterplanning.org for Georgia’s current approach to water planning.
- Chattahoochee River Basin Management Plan (1997)*
- Flint River Basin Management Plan (1997)*
- Coosa River Basin Management Plan (1998)*
- Tallapoosa River Basin Management Plan (1998)*
- Oconee River Basin Management Plan (1998)*
- Savannah River Basin Management Plan (2001)*
- Ogeechee River Basin Management Plan (2001)*
- Ochlockonee River Basin Management Plan (2002)*
- Suwannee River Basin Management Plan (2002)*
- Satilla River Basin Management Plan (2002)*
- St. Marys River Basin Management Plan (2002)*
- Ocmulgee River Basin Management Plan (2004)
- Altamaha River Basin Management Plan (2004)
*Note: Total maximum daily loads (TMDLs) established under the Clean Water Act for stream segments within these basins are included in the River Basin Plans and are incorporated by reference therein. The TMDLs for the river basins are too voluminous to be attached to each plan, but copies of any or all of the TMDLs adopted by reference may be obtained from EPD by either the TMDL Section of Technical Guidance, or by sending a request to the Watershed Protection Branch, 4220 International Parkway, Suite 101, Atlanta, Georgia 30354.