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With the Flow Georgia Watersheds Report for May 2 to May 8, 2022



By Gillian Ward

Table of Contents - Click on location links to go to information

Gulf of Mexico Flows. 5

1 Gulf North. 5

1a Tennessee River Watershed. 5

Groundwater Monitoring. 5

1b Coosa River Watershed. 5

Groundwater Monitoring. 7

1c Tallapoosa River Watershed. 8

2 Gulf West 8

2a Chattahoochee River Watershed. 8

Groundwater Monitoring. 9

2b Flint River Watershed. 9

Groundwater Monitoring. 10

3 Gulf Southwest 10

3a Ochlockonee River Basin. 11

Groundwater Monitoring. 11

3b Suwannee River Watershed. 11

Groundwater Monitoring. 12

4 Atlantic Central 13

4a Oconee River Watershed. 13

Groundwater Monitoring. 13

4b Ocmulgee River Watershed. 14

Groundwater Monitoring. 15

4c Altamaha River Watershed. 15

4d Satilla River Watershed. 16

4e St. Marys River Watershed. 16

Groundwater Monitoring. 17

Atlantic East 17

5a Savannah River Watershed. 17

Savannah River 18

Groundwater Monitoring. 18

5b Ogeechee River Watershed. 19

Groundwater Monitoring. 19

Report Key. 19

Find information on the river flows in your watershed here each week. WTGA reports USGS Streamflow data captured in a single weekly snapshot, including flow volume and stage, as per selected USGS streamflow monitoring data. The report captures your watershed flows from headwaters to outlet as of the date indicated. Systems reporting much above normal or high flows (above 90th percentile, or in other words, in the top 10% of flow volume and velocity for that system) are shown in boldface; flows in action stage or flood stage appear in red. Flows can change rapidly, check your local station at the USGS WaterWatch Current Streamflow for real time values. 

WTGA gathers data from US EPA, Georgia EPA, USGS WaterWatch, National Weather Service, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) sources; our accuracy is dependent on these sources. 

 

Georgia’s landscape sends rainfall in two directions from the height of land, also known as the drainage divide: southwest to the Gulf of Mexico, or southeast to the Atlantic Ocean.

Find your location in one of the five sections of our report.

Gulf of Mexico Flows

1 Gulf North

1a Tennessee River Watershed

The Tennessee River collects rainfall and runoff for the Ohio River system, which joins the Mississippi and empties out into the Gulf of Mexico. While no part of the Tennessee River itself passes through Georgia, there are tributary creeks originating in north Georgia that cross the state line and join up with Tennessee waters.

  • Lookout Creek drains an area of 149 sq miles of Dade County. The flow is monitored near New England, rated normal, 51.51% above mean at 134 cfs and 4.29 ft deep as of 05/01/22
  • Chattanooga Creek drains an area of 6 sq miles of Walker County. The flow is monitored at Flintstone: 36.04% above mean, 38.1 cfs and 3.52 ft deep as of 05/01/22.
  • West Chickamauga Creek drains an area of 148 sq miles in Catoosa County. The flow near Lakeview: 55.65% above mean, 135 cfs and 1.64 ft deep as of 05/01/22
  • South Chickamauga Creek drains an area of 169 sq miles in Catoosa County. The flow near Ringgold: 50.89% above mean, 107 cfs and 4.30 ft deep as of 05/01/22

Groundwater Monitoring Station

Walker County Groundwater station ID#0001 water level is 10.73 ft below the surface as of March 3rd, 2022. 04/24/22 no change.

1b Coosa River Watershed

The Coosa River is a collection of several tributary rivers gathered from northwest Georgia. At the beginning of this system, the Conasauga River and Coosawattee Rivers join up to form the Oostanaula River. The Oostanaula in turn joins flow with Etowah River system to form the Coosa River. The Coosa runs west into Alabama where it merges with the Tallapoosa River across the state line in Alabama, forming the Alabama River, eventually reaching the Gulf of Mexico. 

(Confusion alert** Watch for another river by the same name (Chattooga) in northeast Georgia! These two are not the same.)

  • Conasauga River drains an area of 8.24 sq miles in Murray County. The flow at Tilton is normal, 43.23% above mean, 595 cfs and 3.69 ft deep, as of 05/02/22.
  • Mill Creek drains an area of 40 sq miles in Whitfield County. The flow at Dalton is below normal, 47.97% above the mean, 34.8 cfs and 4.36 ft deep, as of 05/02/22
  • Coahulla Creek drains an area of 176 sq miles in Whitfield County. The flow near Dalton is 56.64% above mean, 128 cfs and 8.19 ft deep, as of 05/02/22
  • Coosawattee River drains an area of 831 sq miles in Gordon and Murray Counties. The flow at Pine Chapel is normal 125.15% above the mean, 2000 cfs and 8.33 ft deep as of 05/02/22.
  • Talking Rock Creek drains an area of 119 sq miles. The flow near Hinton is normal, 107.21% above mean at 208 cfs, 1.88 ft deep as of 05/02/22.
  • Holly Creek drains an area of 1602 sq miles in Gordon County. The flow near Chatsworth is below normal, 50.94% above mean at 56.2 cfs and 1.88 ft deep. The water temp is 18.7°C, as of 05/02/22
  • Fausett Creek drains an area of 9.99 sq miles in Gilmer County. The flow near Talking Rock is normal, 110.22% above the mean, 21.9 cfs and 1.75 ft deep as of 05/02/22
  • Oostanaula River drains an area of 2115 sq miles in Gordon and Floyd Counties. The flow at Resaca is normal, 96.67% above the mean, 2860 cfs and 6.06 ft deep, as of 05/02/22
  • Etowah River drains an area of 1634 sq miles in Dawson, Bartow and Cherokee Counties.
  • The flow at GA 136 near Landrum is 92.76% above mean at 258 cfs and 2.63 ft deep (flood stage is 14 ft), 16.3°and 24µS/cm;
  • at GA9 near Dawsonville is 109.31% above mean at 349 cfs and 5.05 ft deep (flood stage is 13 ft) 17.0°and 26µS/cm ;
  • at Kelly Bridge near Matt is 85.28% above mean at 711 cfs and 2.46 ft deep (flood stage is 19 ft); downstream of I-575 at Canton in Cherokee County is 90.89% above mean at 1210 cfs ad 5.02 ft deep (flood stage is 17 ft);
  • at Canton is normal, 88.70 % above mean at 1320 cfs and 3.58 ft deep (flood stage is 16 ft) 18.1 C;
  • at Allatoona Dam above Cartersville in Bartow County is below normal, 20.11% above mean at 449 cfs and 1.33 ft deep (flood at 9ft) 14.2°C;
  • at Allatoona Dam 690.08 ft deep; at GA61 near Cartersville is 22.98% above mean at 652 cfs and 5.42 ft deep (flood stage is 18 ft);
  • near Kingston is much below normal, 32.60% above mean at 991 cfs and 4.30 ft deep (floods at 20 ft) as of 05/02/22

· Two Run Creek

- drains an area of 33.1 sq miles in Bartow County. The flow near Kingston is normal, 92.25% above the mean, 35.6 cfs and 1.36 ft deep. (update 05/02/22)

· Oothcalooga River

- drains an area of 62.6 sq miles in Gordon County. The flow at GA 53 spur near Calhoun is 94.74% above mean, and 74.9 cfs and 7.40 ft deep. (update 05/02/22)

  • Coosa River drains an area of 4040 sq miles in Floyd County. The flow near Rome is normal, 65.78% above mean, 5220 cfs and 12.83 ft deep (flood stage is 24 ft). The water temp is 18.5°C. (update 05/02/22)
  • Chattooga River (of the northwest) drains an area of 4040 sq miles of northwest Georgia. The flow at Summerville is normal, 65.64% above mean at 238 cfs and 3.03 ft deep (flood stage is 14 ft). (update 05/02/22)

Groundwater Monitoring Station

  • Gordon County Groundwater station ID#1601 water level is trending upward, 16.29 ft below surface as of March 9th, 2022. 04/24/22 no change.

1c Tallapoosa River Watershed

The Tallapoosa River originates in northwest Georgia, draining an area of Paulding and Haralson counties before crossing the state line and joining the Coosa River, forming the Alabama River.

  • Tallapoosa River drains an area of 272 sq miles of Haralson County. The flow at US78 near Tallapoosa is 102.93% above mean at 293 cfs and 2.37ft deep as of 05/02/22
  • Little Tallapoosa drains an area of 245 sq miles of Carroll County. The flow at GA100 near Bowden is 94.51% above mean at 252 cfs 4.13 ft deep; at Carrollton is normal, 96.64% above mean at 142 cfs and 3.04 ft deep as of 05/02/22
  • Cedar Creek drains an area of 65.3 sq miles of Polk County. The flow at Cedar Town is normal, 51.35% above mean at 97.5 cfs and 1.11 ft deep as of 05/02/22.
  • Snake Creek drains an area of 35.5 sq miles of Carroll County. The flow near Whitesburg is normal, 78.72% above mean at 46.8 cfs and 2.22 ft deep as of 05/02/22
  • Snake Creek Reservoir drains an area of 34 sq miles in Carroll County. The flow is 127.60% above mean at 44.2 cfs and 3.85 ft deep. The water temp is 21.2°C as of 05/02/22
  • Dog River drains an area of 66 sq miles of Douglas County. The flow at GA 5 near Fairplay 106.56% above mean at 85.3 cfs and 3.88 ft deep. The water temp is 17.6°C. 05/02/22

2 Gulf West

2a Chattahoochee River Watershed

The Chattahoochee headwaters form up near Helen, in northeast Georgia in the Appalachian Mountains. From Union County, the Chattahoochee flows southwest, through the capital and then south, forming the state border with Alabama, terminating in Lake Seminole.

  • Chattahoochee River drains an area of 8210 sq miles from the northeast to the southwest. The flow
  • At Helen is normal, 104.35 % above mean at 162 cfs and 1.12 ft deep, 14.7°C.;
  • at Leaf flow is normal, 86.06% above mean at 439 cfs and 2.33 ft deep;
  • at GA100 at Cornelia is normal, 80.39% above mean at 733 cfs and 1.47 ft deep;
  • near Fairburn is normal, 67.36% above mean at 2500 cfs and 1.85 ft deep all as of 05/02/22.
  • Powder Springs Creek drains an area of 23 sq miles of Cobb County. The flow near Powder Springs is 68.33% above mean at 14.2 cfs and 1.69 ft deep as of 05/02/22
  • Noses Creek drains an area of 44.5 sq miles of Cobb County. The flow at Powder Road is 70.45% above mean at 28.2 cfs and 2.45 ft deep as of 05/02/22
  • Sweetwater Creek drains an area of 13.5 sq miles of Cobb County. The flow at Powder Springs is 88.94% above mean at 79.7 cfs and 4.13 ft deep as of 05/02/22
  • Nickajack Creek drains an area of 31 sq miles in Cobb County. The flow near Mableton is 93.21% above mean at 33.5 cfs and 1.91 ft deep as of 05/02/22
  • Utoy Creek drains an area of 33 sq miles in Fulton County. The flow is, 101.39% above mean at 33.5 cfs and 3.14 ft deep. The water temp is 19.3°C as of 05/02/22
  • Nancy Creek drains an area of 26.6 sq miles in County. The flow at Atlanta is 56.77% above mean at 16.1 cfs and 0.70 ft deep. The water temp is 19°C as of 05/02/22

Groundwater Monitoring Station

  • Cobb County Groundwater station ID#2901 water level is trending upwards 6.7 ft below surface as of April 18, 2022.

2b Flint River Watershed

The Flint River originates south of Atlanta and gathers run-off from 7570 sq miles of Georgia as it traverses the course north to south, flowing west through Alabama to empty in the Gulf of Mexico.

  • Flint River drains an area of 7570 sq miles down the west side of the state. The flow near Griffin in Spalding County is below normal, 33.24% above mean at 140 cfs and 3.37 ft deep as of 05/02/22
  • below Big Branch, Pike County flow is 70.02% above mean at 510 cfs and 6.11 ft deep as of 05/02/22
  • at Thomaston, Upson County, flow is normal, 57.46% above mean at 840 cfs and 3.94 ft deep as of 05/02/22
  • near Carsonville in Upson County, flow is normal, 53.16% above mean, 1460 cfs and 3.46 ft deep as of 05/02/22
  • at GA 26 near Montezuma, Macon County, the flow is normal, 54.70% above mean at 2390 cfs and 3.92 ft deep as of 05/02/22.
  • at GA 32 near Oakfield in Worth County, the flow is normal, 72.65% above mean at 3530 cfs and 5.32 ft deep as of 05/02/22
  • at Albany, Dougherty County, the flow is normal 54.14% above mean at 3780 cfs and 4.72 ft deep as of 05/02/22
  • at Newton in Baker County, the flow is normal, 57.32% above mean at 4530 cfs and 6.85 ft deep as of 05/02/22
  • at Riverview Plantation near Hopeful in Mitchell County, the flow is 59.41% above mean at 5250 cfs and 7.18 ft deep as of 05/02/22
  • at Bainbridge, Decatur County the flow is normal, 58.29% above mean at 6380 cfs and 19.40 ft deep (flood stage 22ft). The water temp is 22.7°C as of 05/02/22

Groundwater Monitoring Station

  • Baker County Groundwater station ID#5502 water level is 32.24 ft below surface as of March 14th, 2022. 04/24/22no change.

3 Gulf Southwest

3a Ochlockonee River Basin

Ochlockonee River originates in Worth County in southwest Georgia. The Ochlockonee catchment area drains a combined 1400 plus square miles of Georgia landscape before exiting into Florida and emptying into the Gulf of Mexico. Main use is for fishing. Two smaller and separate watersheds within the Ochlockonee basin, the Aucilla and Wards Creek each have their separate channels directly dumping into the Gulf of Mexico (not monitored). The main tributary rivers and creeks are the Little Ochlockonee River, Tired Creek, Telogia Creek and Crooked River (not monitored).

  • Ochlockonee River drains an area of 1002 sq miles in Worth, Thomas and Leon counties. The flow
  • at GA188 near Coolidge in Thomas County is 12.04% above mean at 36.9 cfs and 2.82 ft deep (floods at 13 ft);
  • near Thomasville in Thomas County is normal, 60.34% above mean flow at 171 cfs and 4.95 ft deep (floods at 15 ft);
  • near Concord, at the Georgia/Florida border in Leon County is 38.52% above mean at 324 cfs and 27.08 feet deep (flood stage is 36 ft). (updated 05/02/22)

Groundwater Monitoring Station

  • Thomas County Groundwater station ID#4801 water level is trending downwards 193.95 ft below surface as of March 28th 2022. 04/24/22 no change.

3b Suwannee River Watershed

The Suwanee River originates in the Okefenokee Wilderness, between State Hwy 122 and Valdosta Highway. The blackwater Suwannee and its major tributaries, the Willacoochee, Withlacoochee, Alapaha and Little Rivers channel run-off from more than 5000 sq miles from parts of twenty counties in Georgia before crossing over into Florida to empty into the Gulf of Mexico.

  • Suwannee River drains 1130 sq miles in south-central Georgia. The flow

- above Fargo in Clinch County indicates flow depth of 8.78 feet;

- at US 441 at Fargo in Clinch County the flow is normal, 71.83% above mean at 664 cfs and 6.43 ft deep. The channel floods at 13 ft in this location. (update 05/02/22)

  • Little River drains an area of 776 sq miles in Georgia before joining the Withlacoochee. The Little River is flowing
  • at Upper Ty Ty Road near Tifton in Tift County normal, at 4.50% above mean at 8.43 cfs, and -0.22 ft deep;
  • near Adel in Cook County is below normal, 8.30% above the mean, 47.2 cfs and 3.06 ft deep (flood stage is 15.9 ft);
  • near Hahira in Lowndes is flowing 21.52% above the mean at 120 cfs and 5.41 ft deep. Flooding occurs at 15.2 ft at this section of the river. (Update 05/02/22)
  • Alapaha River drains an area of 1730 sq miles of south-central Georgia.

The flow

  • at GA 195/32 near Irwinville in Irwin County is 4.45% above mean at 11.8 cfs and 1.74 ft deep (flood stage is 9.9 ft);
  • near Alapaha is normal, 17.59% above meat at 110 cfs and 4.21 ft deep (flooding occurs at 15.4 ft);
  • at Statenville in Echols County is normal, 43.54% above mean at 544 cfs and 3.93 ft deep. Flood stage is 23.9 ft at this location. (Update 05/02/22)
  • Withlacoochee River drains an area of 1480 sq miles. The flow at
  • Skipper Bridge Rd near Bemiss in Lowndes County is normal, 30.69 % above mean at 56.9 cfs and 2.62 feet deep (flood stage is 14.7 ft);
  • near Valdosta is 3.73 ft deep; at Quitman flow is normal, 20.38% above mean at 187 cfs and 2.67 ft deep (flood stage at 20.5 ft) 23.3°C and 136µS/cm.;
  • near Pinetta, Florida is normal, 34.23% above mean at 609 cfs and 7.57 ft deep, (flood stage 26.5 ft) 22.5°C and 233µS/cm. 05/02/22

Groundwater Monitoring Station

  • Lowndes County Groundwater station ID#5301water level is trending downwards 1113.4 ft below surface as of April 17th

4 Atlantic Central

4a Oconee River Watershed

The Oconee headwaters form in Hall County, flowing southeast through Middle and North Oconee Channels to form the Oconee River below Athens. From here the system flows into Lake Oconee, formed by the Wallace Dam and Sinclair Lake formed by the Sinclair Dam. The Oconee flows down from the dams to its confluence Ocmulgee River, eventually emptying into the Atlantic.

  • Middle Oconee drains an area of 398 sq miles in Jackson and Clarke Counties before joining the North Oconee stream to form Oconee River.
  • North Oconee drains an area of 275 sq miles of Jackson and Clarke Counties before joining up with Middle Oconee below Athens. The flow
  • at Commerce is, 109.48% above mean at 116 cfs and 2.67 ft deep (flood stage is 15 ft);
  • at Athens flow is, 78.56% above mean at 214 cfs and 4.99 ft deep (floods at 19 ft) 05/02/22
  • Oconee River drains an area of 5110 sq miles of Wheeler, Laurens, Wilkinson, Baldwin, Greene and the above Counties. The flow monitor

- near Penfield in Greene County shows normal flow, 79.19% above mean at 916 cfs and 4.75 ft deep (floods at 13 ft);

- at Milledgeville in Baldwin County shows normal flow, 60.53% above mean at 2060 cfs and 9.22 ft deep (flood stage 30 ft);

- at Avant Mine near Oconee in Washington County is 88.72% above mean at 2350 cfs and 5.73 ft deep (floods at 18 ft);

- near Oconee in Wilkinson County is, 64.62% above mean at 2480 cfs and 5.46 ft deep (flood stage 17 ft);

- at Dublin in Laurens County flow is normal, 55.91% above mean at 2500 cfs and 4.64 ft deep (floods at 21 ft);

- near Mt. Vernon in Wheeler County the flow is normal, 55.79% above mean at 3120 cfs 4.99 ft deep (floods at 16 ft)

(updated 05/02/22)

Groundwater Monitoring Station

  • Green County Groundwater station ID#0201 water level is trending downwards at 0.37 ft below surface as of April 14th 2022. 04/24/22 no change.

4b Ocmulgee River Watershed

Ocmulgee River originates at Jackson Lake, straddling Jasper, Newton and Butts Counties. The Ocmulgee flows south to join the Oconee River, forming the Altamaha River. Jackson Lake is fed by three rivers: South, Yellow and Alcovy Rivers originating in Central Georgia, all part of the Ocmulgee Watershed area.

  • South River drains an area of 468 sq miles in Newton, Dekalb and Fulton Counties. The flow
  • at Springdale Rd in Atlanta 2.51 ft deep (flood stage 17 ft) 18.1°C and 230µS/cm;
  • at Forrest Park Rd in Atlanta, flow is 74.76% above mean at 19.7 cfs and 3.19 ft deep (flood stage 15 ft) 18.9 °C and 171 µS/cm;
  • at Flakes Mill Rd near Atlanta in Dekalb County is 57.60% above mean at 65.7 cfs and 2.53 ft deep (flood here at 13 ft) 18.3°C and 147 µS/cm;
  • at Klondike Rd near Lithonia in Dekalb County is normal, 62.43% above mean at 191 cfs and 5.34 ft deep (flood stage is 12 ft);
  • at GA81 at Snapping Shoals in Newton County the flow is 83.14% above mean at 463 cfs and 7.06 ft deep (flood stage is 12 ft). (Updated 05/02/22)
  • Yellow River drains an area of sq miles in Dekalb and Counties. The flow
  • at Pleasant Hill Rd near Lithonia in Dekalb County is 67.61% above mean at 182 cfs and 1.89 ft deep (floods at 13 ft);
  • at Milstead in Rockdale County is 79.16% above the mean, 73.3 cfs and 1.44 ft deep (floods at 13ft);
  • at Rocky Plains Rd near Rocky Plains in Newton County, the flow is normal, 93.17 % above mean at 412 cfs and 5.17 ft deep (flood stage 18 ft) (update 05/02/22)
  • Alcovy River drains an area of 244 sq miles in Newton and Gwinnett Counties. The flow
  • at New Hope Rd near Grayson in Gwinnett County is 90.37% above mean at 34.9 cfs and 2.52 ft deep (floods at 9ft) 17.6 °C and 82µS/cm;
  • above Covington in Newton County the flow is normal, 58.34% above mean at 129 cfs and 3.27 ft deep (flood stage is 12 ft)19 °C and 63 µS/cm;
  • below Covington in Newton County is 38.65% above mean at 168 cfs and 2.36 ft deep (floods at 11 ft) (update 05/02/22)
  • Little Ocmulgee River drains an area of 316 sq miles in Telfair County. The flow
  • at GA149 at Scotland in Telfair County is unrated: 20.21% above mean at 46.9 cfs and 2.37 ft deep (flood stage is 12 ft) (05/02/22)
  • Ocmulgee River drains a combined area of 5180 sq miles in central Georgia. The flow
  • near Jackson in Butts County is below normal, 32.88 % above the mean, 328 cfs and 4.46 ft deep(flood stage 19 ft);
  • at Macon in Bibb County is normal: 44.36% above mean at 1510 cfs and 7.48 ft deep (flood stage 18 ft);
  • at US341 at Hawkinsville in Pulaski County is normal: 54.32% above mean at 2880 cfs and 4.50 ft deep (flood stage 20 ft);
  • at Abbeville in Wilcox County is normal: 56.31% above mean at 3280 cfs and 5.51 ft deep (flood stage 12 ft);
  • at Lumber City in Jeff Davis County is normal: 69.81% above mean at 4430 cfs and 5.43 ft deep (flood stage 15 ft) (updated 05/02/22)

Groundwater Monitoring Station

  • DeKalb County Groundwater station ID#4001 water level is trending downwards at 25 ft below surface as of April 14th 2022. 04/24/22 no change,

4c Altamaha River Watershed

The combined flows of the Oconee River system and the Ocmulgee River system form the Altamaha, “the largest free-flowing river on the East coast”, according to the Georgia River Network.

  • Altamaha River drains a combined area of 14000 square miles in central Georgia. The flow
  • at US221 near Charlotteville in Montgomery County is normal, 49.80% above mean at 7680 cfs and 5.17 ft deep (flood stage 13 ft);
  • near Baxley in Appling County flow is normal, 64.97% above mean at 7870 cfs and 7.01 ft deep (flood at 11 ft) 21.2 °C;
  • at Doctortown in Wayne County flow is normal, 68.66% above mean at 10600 cfs and 8.74 ft deep (floods at 12 ft);
  • near Everett City in Glynn County flow is normal, 94.97% above mean at 11000 cfs and 9.04 ft deep (floods at 13 ft) (updated 05/02/22)
  • Ohoopee River drains an area of 1110 sq miles in Emanuel and Tatnall Counties. The flow
  • at GA 297 near Swainsboro in Emanuel County is 12.00% above mean at 47.3 cfs and 8.61 ft deep (flood stage 18 ft);
  • near Reidsville is flowing below normal, 18.55% above mean at 174 cfs and 3.26 ft deep (flood stage is reached at 10 ft) (updated 05/02/22)

4d Satilla River Watershed

The Satilla River forms in Ben Hill County flows south 200 miles to the Atlantic Ocean.

  • Little Satilla River drains an area of 659 sq miles in Pierce County. The flow near Offerman is below normal: 2.49% above mean at 2.49 cfs and 2.19 ft deep (flood stage is 9ft) (05/02/22)
  • Satilla River drains an area of 3240 sq miles in south-central Georgia to the Atlantic. The flow
  • at GA 158 near Waycross in Ware County is, 24.88% above mean flow at 97.5 cfs and 4.05 ft deep (flood stage is reached at 14 ft);
  • at Waycross is below normal at 10.39% above mean at 97.1 cfs and 5.86 ft deep (floods at 16 ft) 22.9°;
  • at Atkinson in Brantley County, flow is normal: 21.58% above mean at 405 cfs and 5.30 ft deep (flood stage 13 ft); US17
  • at Woodbine in Camden County is tidal, currently flowing at -15200 cfs, and –1.15 ft deep (flood stage is 4.21 ft) (update 05/02/22)

4e St. Marys River Watershed

St. Marys is a blackwater river originating in the Okefenokee Wilderness area, south-central Georgia. The river flows 130 miles and empties into Cumberland Sound in the Atlantic.

  • North Prong St Marys River drains an area of 160 sq miles in Baker County. The flow at Moniac in Bakers County is above normal: 164.30% above mean at 117 cfs and 7.45 ft deep (flood stage is 12 ft);(update 05/02/22)
  • Marys River drains an area of 1480 sq miles in south-central Georgia, including Baker, Charlton, and Camden Counties. The flow
  • near MacClenny in Florida is normal: 86.75% above mean at 276 cfs and 4.41 ft deep (flood stage is 12 ft);
  • at Ferry Landing near Folkston in Charlton County is 1.36 ft deep (flood stage is 7ft); the flow at I-95 near Kingsland in Camden County is tidal, flowing backward at -18100 cfs and 0.55 ft deep (flood stage is 3.47 ft) (update 05/02/22)

Groundwater Monitoring Station

  • Charlton County Groundwater station ID#3801 water level is trending upwards, 65.20 ft below surface as of April 14th 04/24/22 no change.

Atlantic East

5a Savannah River Watershed

The Savannah River originates in South Carolina, formed with the combined flows of the Tugaloo, itself formed by the joining of the Chattooga and Tallulah Rivers, and the Seneca River. The Savannah flows through east Georgia to its outlet at the Atlantic Ocean, taking run-off from an area of 5800 square miles in Eastern Georgia.

  • Chattooga River drains an area of 47 sq miles in Rabun County. The flow at Burrells Ford near Pine Mountain is, 54.01% above mean at 109 cfs and 1.13 ft deep, 14.8ºC (flood stage is 7 ft) (update 05/02/22)
  • Tallulah River drains an area of 184 sq miles in Rabun County. The flow near Clayton is normal, 83.61% above mean at 173 cfs and 2.25 ft deep (flood stage is 20ft);
  • at Terrora Powerhouse at Tallulah Falls the flow is unrated 46.23% above mean at 92.7 cfs and 2.36 ft deep;
  • above Powerhouse near Tallulah Falls flow is, 55.43% above mean at 37.9 cfs and 5.12 ft deep (flood stage is 30 ft) (update 05/02/22)
  • Broad River drains an area of 1420 sq feet in Elbert and Madison Counties. The flow above Carlton in Madison County is normal, 66.10% above mean at 787 cfs and 3.51 ft deep (flood stage is 15 ft); the flow near Bell in Elbert County is above normal, 53.55% above mean at 1250 cfs and 5.75 ft deep (flood stage is 21 ft) 05/02/22

Savannah River

drains an area of 9850 sq miles from Columbia County to Effingham County. The flow:

- near Evans in Columbia County is 13.62 ft deep;

- at Jefferson Davis Bridge near Augusta in Richmond County 13.96 ft deep;

- at Augusta is normal, 65.22% above mean at 99.61 cfs and 99.61 ft deep (flood stage is 117.5 ft);

- near Waynesboro in Burke County is 7530% above mean at 7530 cfs and 9.79 ft deep;

- at Burtons Ferry near Millhaven in Screven County is normal, 73.95% above mean at 8230 cfs and 7.66 ft deep (flood stage 15 ft);

- at Cylo in Effingham County flow is normal, 65.96% above mean at 8070 cfs and 5.77 ft deep (flood stage 11 ft);

- above Hardeeville SC 5.72 ft deep;

- near Port Wentworth in Effingham County is -212 cfs and 3.46 ftdeep;

- at USACE Dock in Savannah is -36000 cfs and 2.97 feet deep, temp 21.8°C and 8300/cm. (update 05/02/22)

Groundwater Monitoring Station

  • Richmond County Groundwater station ID#2001 water level is trending upwards, 43.54 ft below surface as of April 6th 2022. 04/24/22 no change.

5b Ogeechee River Watershed

The Ogeechee is a free-flowing blackwater river draining an area of 5540 sq miles entirely inside the state of Georgia. The North and South Fork Ogeechee Rivers (not monitored) come together to form the Ogeechee, which flows 245 miles and empties in the Atlantic. 

  • Black Creek drains an area of 232 sq miles of Bryan County. The flow near Blichton is normal: 2.23% above mean at 3.08 cfs and 2.54 ft deep (flood stage is 18 ft) (update 05/02/22)
  • Ogeechee River drains a combined area of 5540 square miles in Jefferson, Screven, and Counties. The flow
  • at GA 88 near Grange in Jefferson County is: 20.91% above mean at 166 cfs and 8.88 ft deep (flood stage is 18 ft);
  • at Midville in Burke County is: 60.59% above mean at 456 cfs and 2.36 ft deep (flood stage is 6 ft);
  • near Rocky Ford Rd in Rocky Ford, in Screven County is normal: 52.22% above mean at 651 cfs and 4.85 ft deep(flood stage is 13 ft);
  • at GA 24 near Oliver in County is flowing normal, 49.71% above mean at 944 cfs and 64 ft deep;
  • near Eden is normal flow: 6.21% above mean at 1350 cfs and 6.21 ft deep (flood stage is 11 ft);
  • at GA204 near Ellabell the flow is normal: 56.33% above mean at 1460 cfs and 6.62 ft deep (flood stage not given);
  • at US17 near Richmond Hill tidal outlet in Bryan County, flow is -7440 cfs at 1.11ft deep. (update 05/02/22)

Groundwater Monitoring Station

  • Byran County Groundwater station ID#4301 water level is trending downwards, 58.56 ft below surface as of April 18th 2022.

Report Key

Flows: WTGA reports systems with flows rated “much above normal” or “high” in bold text each week; flows in action stage or flood stage will appear in red. Data is gathered for selected sits in each watershed region, as recorded in the USGS WaterWatch real-time streamflow monitoring system.

Monitoring stations vary as to data collected. Certain stations report flow depth and flood stage only; others included in this report show the variability of flow, with a rating of low, normal, above normal, much above normal or high. Measured flow in the top ten percent highest flows on record for that site (above 90th percentile, much above normal, and high values) appear in bold type. Flows at the action stage or flood stage appear in red. Water quality parameters are detected at certain sites, including temperature (°C) and specific conductance (µS/cm). Specific conductance is an important measurement of water quality. This is a measure of the way that electrical current moves through the water; any change in this number is an early warning of changing contaminant loads. The conductance measurement taken by USGS is temperature adjusted to 25°C, allowing for comparison of the specific value from week to week. 

National Weather Service: high water terminology here 0

Notes on US EPA Lead and Copper Rule

USA Environmental Protection Agency upholds and enforces drinking water quality standards for public water systems through the Safe Water Act.

Lead can enter the drinking water stream when corrosion occurs with certain types of distribution lines and plumbing connections. Lead is toxic when consumed and accumulates in the body over time. The effects of lead toxicity may present from mild stomach upset to brain damage; lead is especially hazardous for children. Public Water systems sample and test for lead and copper at customer taps periodically throughout the year. 

While there is no safe level of lead in drinking water, and the maximum non-enforceable target for drinking water is set to 0, the EPA requires action be taken when more than 10% of customers on a particular public drinking water system have lead at 15 parts per billion, or 0.015 mg/l, remedial action must be taken.

WTGA reports current year lead and copper test results, current year violations or enforcement orders for selected public drinking water systems as posted in EPA Georgia Drinking Water Watch. The accuracy of our report is limited to the accuracy of this source. For more information on public drinking water systems classifications and terms, see database.









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