Success Spotlight: Etowah River
EPA's Clean Water Act Section 319 Program provides funding for restoration of nonpoint source-impaired water bodies.
This week's success spotlight shines on Etowah River in Georgia. Leaking septic tanks in residential areas and polluted runoff from impervious surfaces caused abnormally high fecal coliform bacteria levels in Etowah River. As a result, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division placed a 20-mile segment of the river on its 2004 list of impaired waters. Using section 319 funding, stakeholders repaired septic systems, installed best management practices, such as rain gardens and a constructed manure stackhouse, and conducted outreach and education activities. Water quality improved, prompting the state to remove the 20-mile segment from the state's 2010 list of impaired waters.
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Source: US EPA