Water Quality In Georgia-Florida Coastal Plain Affected By Agricultural And Urban Activities

April 27, 1998

Water quality is generally good in the Georgia-Florida Coastal Plain but has been adversely affected by agricultural and urban land uses in some areas, according to the results of a five-year investigation by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The study area encompasses 62,000 square mile area in southern and central Georgia and northern and central Florida, and is one of 20 study areas nationwide which have recently been investigated for water quality as part of a comprehensive U.S. Geological Survey program.

The study found that:

A new 34-page color report summarizes the results of the study, which included 3 years of intensive sampling and data analysis as part of the USGS National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) program. Through the NAWQA program, the USGS provides policymakers and citizens with information about current conditions and trends in water quality and an assessment of the factors that affect water quality across the United States.

Copies of the report, "Water Quality in the Georgia-Florida Coastal Plain, Georgia and Florida, 1992-96," by Marian P. Berndt, Hilda H. Hatzell, Christy A. Crandall, Michael Turtora, John R. Pittman, and Edward T. Oaksford, and published as USGS Circular 1151, are available free of charge from the USGS Branch of Information Services, Box 25286, Denver Federal Center, Denver, CO 80225, (303) 202-4700 (fax requests to (303) 202-4963); or by contacting the USGS Water Resources Division District Office, Suite 3015, 227 N. Bronough Street, Tallahassee, FL, (850) 942-9500, fax (850)-942-9521. A copy of the report may be viewed on the World Wide Web at the following url: http://water.usgs.gov/public/pubs/circ1151/
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US Geological Survey

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