The relationship of land use practices to surface water quality in the Upper Oconee Watershed of Georgia
Fisher, D. S., J. L. Steiner, K. M. Endale, J. A. Stuedemann, H. H. Schomberg, A. J. Franzeluebbers, S. R. Wilkinson
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Turbidity, nitrogen and phosphorus concentrations, and fecal coliform bacteria were measured in the Upper Oconee Watershed in Georgia to better understand the effects of agriculture and urbanization on water quality. Water samples from 18 sites were collected by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (monthly during 1996) and the Georgia Power Company (bi-weekly from February 1995 until April 1996). Eight sites were in the headwaters of the North Oconee, Middle Oconee, and Mulberry rivers which are heavily influenced by agricultural, especially poultry production, and the city of Athens. Ten sites were on the western side of the main watershed, near Lake Oconee, where there is less agricultural influence. In addition, coliform, enterococci, and E. coli were compared between two smaller watersheds, one grazed and one wooded and ungrazed.

grazing lands
coliform bacteria
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