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.

From August to December 2019, this work was supported through a Wild & Scenic Rivers Stewardship Partnership grant from River Network, with funding provided by the U.S. Forest Service. Click here to download 2019 data.

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.

If you’re interested in volunteering to collect samples, please let us know! Call us at 864-647-9849 or email info@chattoogariver.org.

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.

Fecal Coliform/ E. coli Results

cfu/100 mL

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SiteIDRiver/CreekLocation_Description4/14/214/6/213/31/213/18/213/10/212/28/212/24/212/3/211/10/2112/15/2012/13/2011/24/2011/20/2011/4/2010/31/2010/7/209/11/208/23/207/31/206/19/206/18/205/15/205/4/204/10/204/1/203/19/202/26/201/15/20
C-3Chattooga RiverHwy 28 bridge
C-NChattooga RiverNarrows200*
C-1Chattooga RiverHwy 76 bridge253171533*510*0*433*0*0*33*3306363
C-2Chattooga RiverStekoa Creek confluence
SC-2Scott CreekSundance
SC-1Scott CreekMarsengill St499745619233*13720248149
SC-3Scott CreekShadyside Rd
SC-4Scott CreekShadyside Rd 2200*
SGSaddle GapPolly Gap Rd
SCPStekoa CreekStekoa Creek Park3518633
S-GMStekoa CreekGrist Mill22
S-DQStekoa CreekDQ/Old Livery St7954533281980172184
S-1Stekoa CreekCVS/Railroad St35267361380*63324151160
S-2Stekoa CreekSunday Diner/Village Way32799753371551133*43934792179
S-5Stekoa CreekBethel Church Rd10718779113
S-4Stekoa CreekHwy 441 & Rickman Airfield bridge
S-RAStekoa CreekRickman Airfield bridge201
S-STStekoa CreekRickman Airfield bridge 2213
S-3Stekoa CreekWolf Creek Rd1891731291313042851367*67*133*164197
S-CRStekoa CreekChattooga Confluence
SR-1Sarah's CreekUpstream of Camp
SR-2Sarah's CreekLower Camp
W-SFWarwoman CreekSandy Ford Rd
W-JSWarwoman CreekJoe Speed Rd39
W-HCWarwoman CreekJoe Speed-Earls Ford bridge
W-1Warwoman CreekEarl's Ford Rd bridge2533*267*
W-2Warwoman CreekEarl's Ford last campsite
W-3Warwoman CreekEarl's Ford
BCBig CreekHwy 28
LGLaw Ground CreekWarwoman Rd
WFWest ForkWarwoman Rd Bridge0
SEEUnnamed Chattooga TributarySEE parking lot
FHEast Fork ChattoogaWalhalla Fish Hatchery
WC-2Whetstone CreekEarl's Ford Rd bridge
WC-COWhetstone CreekConley Rd200*467*100*
WC-1Whetstone CreekJohn Mtn Rd167*467*133*100*367*367*233*500*1733*1300*733
WC-CRWhetstone CreekChattooga Confluence33*1033*200*33*133*233*33*167*233*33
LC-1Long CreekOrchard Rd
LC-2Long CreekLong Creek Falls

*E. coli
TNTC= Too numerous to count

Rain events (0.2″ or more of rain in the last 24 hrs): 3/31/21; 3/18/21; 7/31/20

Turbidity Results

NTU

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SiteIDRiver/CreekLocation_Description4/14/213/31/213/10/212/24/212/3/2111/4/2010/7/202/26/201/15/20
C-1Chattooga RiverHwy 76 bridge3.291.611.843.082.653.254.67
C-2Chattooga RiverStekoa Creek confluence
SC-2Scott CreekSundance
SC-1Scott CreekMarsengill St8.914.205.492.84.610.47.426.98
SC-3Scott CreekShadyside Rd
SGSaddle GapPolly Gap Rd
SCPStekoa CreekStekoa Creek Park4.93171.02.89
S-GMStekoa CreekGrist Mill3.13
S-DQStekoa CreekDQ/Old Livery St5.43238.02.414.292.714.673.4218.2
S-1Stekoa CreekCVS/Railroad St5.96225.03.042.73.613.444.9612.2
S-2Stekoa CreekSunday Diner/Village Way7.19292.03.3243.865.367.287.3611.2
S-5Stekoa CreekBethel Church Rd4.164.796.6511.7
S-4Stekoa CreekHwy 441 & Rickman Airfield bridge
S-RAStekoa CreekRickman Airfield bridge5.12
S-STStekoa CreekRickman Airfield bridge 25.53
S-3Stekoa CreekWolf Creek Rd7.414.336.744.215.583.767.428.47
W-JSWarwoman CreekJoe Speed Rd bridge2.76
W-HCWarwoman CreekJoe Speed Rd bridge at Earls Ford Rd
W-1Warwoman CreekEarl's Ford Rd bridge3.11
W-2Warwoman CreekEarl's Ford last campsite
BCBig CreekHwy 28
WFWest ForkWarwoman Rd Bridge
SEEUnnamed Chattooga TributarySEE parking lot
WC-1Whetstone CreekFall Creek Rd
WC-2Whetstone CreekEarl's Ford Rd bridge
LC-1Long CreekOrchard Rd
LC-2Long CreekLong Creek Falls

Rain events (0.2″ or more of rain in the last 24 hrs): 3/31/21