WWALS Watershed Coalition

WWALS Watershed Coalition, Inc. (WWALS) is Suwannee RIVERKEEPER® WWALS advocates for conservation and stewardship of the Withlacoochee, Willacoochee, Alapaha, Little, and Upper and Lower Suwannee River watersheds in south Georgia and north Florida through education, awareness, environmental monitoring, and citizen activities.

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National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) wastewater permits include schedules of testing, with permissable levels, so we need to see those permits. You'd think they'd be on the EPA or GA-EPD website, but....

The U.S. EPA has delegated NPDES permitting to Georgia. You can get draft wastewater permits right off the GA-EPD website, but to get the actual current approved permits, you must get GA-EPD to send them to you. I found this out from Audra Dickson, Wastewater Regulatory Program Manager. I asked her for permits for half a dozen cities and one county, and the next day Alyssa Thomson, Environmental Specialist, Wastewater Regulatory Program, Municipal Permitting Unit, sent them via email.

They're on the WWALS website now.

For why this list, see the WWALS blog post.

How to get draft permits from the GA-EPD website

On the right-hand menu, click on GEOS: Georgia EPD Online System and Public Inquiry Portal. Do not log in!

In the middle down a bit click on Public Inquiry Portal: Search for Applications and Permits Submitted in GEOS.

Once you get there, Under Program select Wastewater, and put in whatever you've got to search for: permit number, city, or other.

Do not click "Permit Issued Only" because that doesn't do what you might think.

Click Submit.

 -jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®

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