Scott and Savannah Creek Watersheds
In 2009-2010, DWQ worked with the Watershed Association of the Tuckaseegee River (WATR) and the DENR Wastewater Discharge Elimination (WaDE) Program (no longer exists) to find and abate sources of fecal coliform contamination in Scotts and Savannah Creek. These creeks flow into the Tuckaseegee River at a popular rafting ara and public health is a concern. Monitoring and fecal tracking were done during this time period.
Monthly monitoring for fecal coliform was conducted at 11 sites in the Scotts and Savannah Creeks and Tuckasegee River Watershed. Monitoring showed that fecal levels dropped below the standard following the removal of several bacteria sources. Data is encouraging since the levels remain low during different stages, high and low flow.
As initiated by the Scotts/Savannah Creek and Tuckasegee River Project Plan, the DENR WaDE Program in conjunction with the Jackson County Health Department surveyed each home in the Little Savannah Creek community to ensure compliance with public health regulations regarding the disposal of wastewater and sewage.
Although this more intensive fecal coliform monitoring/tracking effort is complete, periodic monitoring is done in these watersheds as a check on conditions.