At the request of the Lake Allatoona Preservation Authority, Institute of Ecology graduate students Erin Dreelin and Tim Carter conducted an analysis of agricultural, forestry, and urban stormwater best management practices (BMPs) in use in the Lake Allatoona/Etowah River watershed to determine which BMPs are effective in protecting the watershed’s aquatic resources.
Their report is based upon interviews, a review of the scientific literature, internet searches, and a review of the relevant laws and regulations. Agricultural and forestry BMPs are exempt from most environmental laws and regulations in Georgia, while urban BMPs have a firm regulatory basis at all levels of government.
The report considers the land uses in the watershed and discusses the most pertinent, economically feasible BMPs for the farmer or forester; and reviews the common stormwater BMPs that can be used to fulfill recent Environmental Protection Agency rules requiring the implementation of BMPs to control stormwater.
Finally, the report offers recommendations to reduce the impact of nonpoint sources of pollution in the watershed by improving BMP implementation and encouraging innovative, efficient stormwater management strategies.