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.

Withlacoochee Watershed Sample Location
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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