Watershed Management

What is a Watershed?
A watershed is all the contributory area of land that drains to a lake, river, stream or wetland. A watershed can be as big as the southeastern U.S. or as small as your backyard.

In general, a watershed is considered to be the land area and tributaries that drain into a major stream. Rockdale County is divided into five major watersheds for this study:

  • South River
  • Honey Creek
  • Snapping Shoals
  • Yellow River
  • Big Haynes CreekSince water does not obey political boundaries, the EPA encourages communities to study their water resources on a watershed basis through a watershed assessment and management plan.

Why a Watershed Assessment?
Rockdale County is growing rapidly. The rapid growth is creating several challenges for the county, including the need to provide adequate supplies of drinking water and wastewater treatment capacity, while maintaining the water quality of our streams and minimizing flooding problems. To balance these objectives and guide growth in an environmentally-sensitive manner, Rockdale County is conducting a watershed assessment and developing a watershed management plan.

What is a Watershed Assessment?

A watershed assessment determines the quality of streams and rivers while identifying potential sources of water quality problems.

A watershed assessment usually consists of the following five major steps:

  • Conduct a water quality assessment in the major watersheds to define the problems
  • Set goals and identify solutions
  • Design a long-term monitoring program
  • Develop a draft management plan
  • Implement the adopted management plan.