Altamaha Region at a Glance


The Altamaha Regional Water Plan was initially completed in 2011 and subsequently updated in 2017. The plan outlines near-term and long-term strategies to meet water needs through 2050. The Altamaha River, formed by the confluence of the Ocmulgee and Oconee Rivers, is the major surface water feature in the region. The Altamaha Region encompasses several major population centers including Vidalia, Jesup, Swainsboro, Eastman, and Glennville.

Key Water Resource Issues Addressed by the Council

  1. Current and future groundwater supplies for municipal/domestic, industrial and agricultural water use
  2. Sufficient surface water quantity and quality to accommodate current and future surface water demands
  3. Low dissolved oxygen and other water quality issues in streams during periods of low flow
  4. Collaboration with other regions that share water resources to ensure that activities do not adversely impact water resources of either region
  5. Climate and water supply variability and extremes