GIS Water Quality Database for Georgia's Coastal Zone Counties
L. Walker and Karen
Payne (Univ of Georgia Marine Extension Service, Athens, GA, USA)
GA DNR Coastal
Zone Management (through a Coastal Incentive Grant) and funds from the Sapelo
Island National Estuarine Research Reserve.
2000 - 2005
The University of Georgia's Marine Extension Service (MAREX) is developing a
single Geographic Information System (GIS) database for all existing water quality
parameters (temperature, water salinity, dissolved oxygen, nutrient levels,
turbidity, pH, E. coli counts, etc.).
To date, water quality
information has been collected from: United States Environmental Protection
Agency (National Pollution Discharge Elimination Systems); Georgia Department
of Natural Resources Coastal Division (National Shellfisheries Sanitation Program,
Environmental Protection Division's rend Monitoring Program, Shrimp Survey Program,
and Coastal 2000 Program); Sapelo Island Marine Institute; Sapelo Island National
Estuarine Research Reserve, Friends of Sapelo Adopt-A-Stream; School of Marine
Program's Long Term Monitoring Program, and the Altamaha Riverkeepers.
This project is
part of a larger effort by the Marine Extension Service to evaluate coastal
water quality. http://www.uga.edu/marine_advisory/waterquality.html