Chattooga River Watershed
Water Quality Data

The Chattooga River’s water quality is currently threatened by pollution in several of its tributaries. The Chattooga Conservancy is working to monitor streams and creeks throughout the watershed, identify potential sources of sediment and fecal coliform pollution, and find ways to mitigate these pollution sources.

We’ve recently been awarded a Wild & Scenic Rivers Stewardship Partnership grant from River Network, with funding provided by the U.S. Forest Service. This funding will allow us to continue monitoring water quality in the Chattooga and its tributaries through December 2019. If you’re interested in volunteering to collect samples, please let us know! Call us at 706-782-6097 or email emily@chattoogariver.org.

If you would like to support our water quality monitoring efforts, please consider becoming a member or donating! Annual contributions from our members are extremely important to the success of our organization, allowing us to continue projects like this that lead to direct actions to protect the river we all love.

Sample locations can be seen on our Chattooga Watershed Interactive Map.

The Georgia state water quality standards* for bacteria (fecal coliform) are as follows:
[Criteria based on at least 4 samples collected from a given site over a 30-day period.]

  • May- Oct: Not to exceed a geometric mean of 200 cfu/100 mL
  • Nov- April: Not to exceed a geometric mean of 1,000 cfu/100 mL; no single sample shall exceed 4,000 cfu/100 mL.

The South Carolina state water quality standards* for bacteria (E. coli) are as follows:
[Criteria based on at least 4 samples collected from a given site over a 30-day period.]

  • Not to exceed a geometric mean of 126/100 mL; no single sample shall exceed 349/100 mL.

*Water quality standards vary based on stream/ water classification. The listed standards apply to those in the Chattooga River watershed.

Stream Segment Location Sample Date
7/31/2019 8/15/2019 9/4/2019 9/7/2019
FC* NTU FC* NTU FC* NTU E. coli* NTU
West Fork (GA) Warwoman Rd Bridge 231 11.80 36 2.34 37 2.24
Stekoa Creek (GA) Stekoa Creek Park 89 3.54
Scott Creek (GA) Marsengill 201 7.79 249 4.34
Scott Creek (GA) Shadyside Dr 192 7.20
Stekoa Creek (GA) Railroad St. 506 4.30 371 4.07
Stekoa Creek (GA) Village Way 845 4.64 431 4.82 271 5.17
Stekoa Creek (GA) Bethel Church Rd 545 4.59
Stekoa Creek (GA) Hwy 441 & Rickman Airfield bridge 448 4.46
Stekoa Creek (GA) Wolf Creek Rd 323 6.67 313 5.33
Chattooga River Hwy 76 bridge 94 3.24 17 7.71
Long Creek (SC) Orchard Rd bridge 166 4.66
Long Creek (SC) Long Creek Falls 67 N/A
Warwoman Creek (GA) Earl’s Ford Rd bridge 259 6.53 264 3.60
Warwoman Creek (GA) Earl’s Ford last campsite 278 5.89
Whetstone Creek (SC) Fall Creek Rd bridge 493 8.03

FC= Fecal coliform
*Number of colony forming units / 100 mL sample (cfu/100 mL)