Cleanup of Big Slough & Cooleewahee Creek

Golden Triangle has recently completed our contract with The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (GAEPD)  to implement a comprehensive Watershed Basin Plan for the Big Slough and Cooleewahee Creek Watershed. GAEPD has identified 20 miles of impaired streams from within the Watershed that encompass Big Slough near Pelham in Mitchell County, and Cooleewahee Creek from Piney Woods to Flint River near Newton. The impairment has to do with the unacceptable levels of fecal coliform bacteria and sedimentation in the water. The contract is a three year project which started in April of 2015 and was completed in early 2018. The project focused within Baker, Dougherty and Mitchell counties.

The Golden Triangle has held stakeholder/advisory public meetings to provide a forum for the public and partners to discuss the implementation of the Watershed Basin Plan which will restore the creeks to their designated use of fishing. Project activities include installation of Best Management Practices (BMPs) for livestock and agriculture along with better back road installations. Educational and outreach components play a key role in the implementation of this project.

Key activities on the project included implementation of BMPs with several streamside landowners.

Project Partners

GA Dept. of Natural Resources, GA Forestry Commission, Partners for Fish and Wildlife (USFWS), Thomas University, Baker County, Mitchell County, Mitchell County Road Department, Mitchell County 4-H Extension Office, C.M. Stripling Irrigation Research Park, and Georgia Adopt-A-Stream.