Suwannnee-Satilla Region at a Glance


The Suwannee-Satilla 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. Major water resources include the Suwannee, Satilla,and St. Marys rivers, some of their tributaries and the Floridan aquifer system. The Suwannee-Satilla Region encompasses several major population centers including Douglas, Tifton, Waycross and Valdosta.

Key Water Resource Issues Addressed by the Council

  1. Periodic gaps in modeled surface water availability in the Suwannee and Satilla river basins.
  2. Sufficient surface water quantity and quality to accommodate future municipal and industrial wastewater needs.
  3. Low dissolved oxygen reaches in the Suwannee, Satilla and Saint Mary’s river basins and other water quality issues.
  4. Development of groundwater and surface water resources to meet future needs.
  5. Protection of recreational and environmental resources in the region.