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stream buffer technical committee

Stream buffer ordinances that protect riparian zones are considered essential tools for ensuring the survival of many aquatic organisms. While some jurisdictions participating in the Etowah Habitat Conservation Plan already have adequate buffer protections in place, many do not. The Stream Buffer Technical Committee developed a model ordinance based on the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District model stream buffer ordinance (which many Etowah jurisdictions must adopt in some form) with added provisions designed specifically to protect the imperiled species covered by the HCP.

committee members

Name Affiliation

Lynn Tully

Dawson County

Norman Pope

Pickens County

Kevin Flanagan

Lumpkin County

Jimmy Moore

City of Dawsonville

committee staff

Seth Wenger

River Basin Center (UGA Institute of Ecology)

Laurie Fowler

River Basin Center (UGA Institute of Ecology)

Jennifer McStotts River Basin Center (UGA Institute of Ecology)

committee reports & documents

Stream Buffer Ordinances, April 2005, updated April 2007 (PDF)

Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District Model Stream Buffer Ordinance with HCP Recommendations Included (PDF)

Link to MNGWPD Model Stream Buffer Ordinance (external site)

HCP Stream Buffer Fact Sheet (PDF)

 

For more information:
Eric Prowell, Hydrologist
USFWS, Georgia Ecological Services
105 West Park Drive, Suite D.
Athens GA 30606
(706) 613-9493
Eric_Prowell@fws.gov