Watershed Management Plan

The Watershed Management Plan details strategies and recommendations for both effective watershed and stormwater management and water quality protection. It includes specific tasks and milestones for implementing these recommendations for local governments as well as regional and state agencies.  

Watershed Plan in Action


Source Water Supply Watersheds

Communities with water supply source watersheds within their jurisdictions must implement additional activities to protect public drinking water supplies. These include adoption of drinking water supply watershed buffers, coordination between local jurisdictions and water providers on issues related to source water supply protection and implementation of interjurisdictional agreements. Specific subtasks and implementation guidance are provided in this measure.

Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Watersheds

Jurisdictions with water bodies that that do not meet water quality standards must develop an implementation plan to meet the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) budget. TMDL implementation plans outline stakeholder actions that can address the water quality impairment. Non-point source pollution is the major cause of water quality impairment in the Metro Water District and this measure is important to assess and improve water quality in streams with TMDLs.

Model Ordinances

The Metro Water District’s five model stormwater management ordinances are important for controlling non-point source pollution and address a variety of stormwater-related issues including post-development (after construction) stormwater runoff, floodplain management, stream buffer protection, illicit discharge and illegal connections to the stormwater system and litter control. Cities and counties within the Metro Water District are required to adopt the model ordinances or similar ordinances that are at least as effective.
Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District