In cooperation with the GA Mtns. Regional Commission and the GA Dept. of Natural Resources, we will be managing a new 319(h) cost-share grant to address certain water quality problems in the Warwoman Creek watershed in Rabun County, GA. Warwoman Creek is a polluted tributary to the Chattooga River, due in part to agricultural activities lacking best management practices on private lands, county road maintenance issues along the Earls Ford Rd., and dispersed camping and illegal ATV activities causing chronic negative impacts on national forest land and Warwoman Creek’s streamside zone.
Funding will help with implementing public education programming about home septic system maintenance and Leave No Trace camping practices; installing livestock exclusion fencing on a creek-side farm; and, working with the Forest Service to address instances of egregious natural resource damage on public lands in the Earls Ford Rd. area. Water quality testing will help measure the effects of these and other management practices on improving the health of Warwoman Creek. Stay tuned for project updates!