Governing Law and Regulations
Georgia Department of Natural Resources Environmental Protection Division (EPD) Watershed Protection Branch
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Georgia has developed specific temperature discharge limitations for wastewaters discharged into state water bodies and has also adopted the federal alternative limitations program for thermal discharges. See the national section THERMAL DISCHARGES for more information.
• Administration and enforcement. EPD's Watershed Protection Branch is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the state's thermal discharge regulations.
Georgia sets specific thermal limitations based on the classification use of the surface water. The state regulations apply to intrastate and interstate waters of Georgia. The following categories of water use are applied in the classifications of thermal discharges:
- Drinking Water Supplies
- Recreational Uses
- Fishing, Propagation of Fish, Shellfish, Game, and Other Aquatic Life
- Wild Rivers
- Scenic Rivers
Typically, thermal discharges are not allowed in either wild or scenic rivers. Specific thermal standards for the water-use classifications are specified in the Table in this section.
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