Dr. Bud Freeman, Dr. Mary Freeman, Seth
Wenger and a team of field researchers study threats to the habitat of
endangered fishes and other aquatic organisms.
Bacteria TMDL Implementation Control Strategies
As part of the Initiative for Watershed Excellence: Upper Altamaha Pilot Project, MS candidate Rebecca Haynes conducted a study of TMDL implementation strategies throughout the southeast and made recommendations for Georgia's program.
Etowah Basin Water
Graduate Assistant Erin Dreelin created
this database to provide easy access to water quality monitoring data
in the Etowah River watershed.
RBC staff have developed a model riparian buffer ordinance, guidance manual, and management recommendations for coastal areas for the Georgia EPD Coastal Resources Division Nonpoint Source Program.
for Trading Phosphorus Credits in the Lake Allatoona Basin
This project integrates research, education and extension activities
to develop a framework for trading phosphorus (P) credits between point
and nonpoint sources in the Lake Allatoona watershed in north Georgia.
Laurie Fowler, Nanette Nelson and Seth Wenger
are researching how local governments can manage growth and reduce the
negative environmental impacts of sprawl.
Dr. Mary Freeman, Assistant Research Ecologist with the Institute of Ecology, conducts research on river ecology and management with a focus on effects of flow and habitat alteration.
Legal Research, Service & Outreach
The River Basin Center conducts legal research into land use and water
issues at the request of state and local government and other stakeholders,
and offers several opportunities for service learning.
Faculty, students and staff are conducting policy reviews and investigating
the efficacy of best management practices in reducing nonpoint source
pollution associated with stormwater runoff.
Upper Altamaha Project
The U.S. EPA designated the River Basin Center as the first Center of Excellence for Watershed Management in the nation. This designation was based on the successful development and implementation of the Upper Altamaha Project, which fosters community engagement focused on protecting water resources by providing technical, organizational and legal assistance to stakeholder groups to increase their capacity to enhance and protect local water quality.
Seth Wenger is organizing an international network to develop a research framework for urban streams.