At the Jan. 8 Board of Commissioners work session, the board heard a
presentation on the county’s ability to conduct water quality testing, as part of the EPA’s National
Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) regulations and in alignment with Forsyth County’s
Stormwater Management Program (SWMP). The SWMP is designed to prevent harmful pollutants from
being discharged into local waterways.
Immediately following this work session, County Manager Eric Johnson authorized staff to request the
county’s water quality consultant to collect a one-time surface water sample near the Northcove
Development (formerly Lanier Golf Course). The county’s consultant is Jacobs, a worldwide
engineering consulting firm with local offices specializing in water and wastewater management.
On Jan. 9, a water sample was collected and delivered to a certified laboratory where tests were
conducted for water chemistry parameters as per the county’s Watershed Protection Plan (WPP). Also,
pursuant to earlier discussions between Forsyth County and Georgia EPD staff, testing for arsenic and
a suite of pesticides/herbicides was added.
Preliminary results were described to Forsyth County via an email which stated, “All parameters run as
part of the pesticide, herbicide and semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs) suites were below
detection limits. Additionally, arsenic was below detection limit.” The email also noted that water quality
results for nutrients were below applicable standards and were within the normal range with historical
data collected at other monitoring stations in the county.
Once the full report is received, it will be made available on the Engineering Department Stormwater
Division page of the county’s website.
Soil testing at the property had been discussed at prior Board of Commissioners meetings. However,
after staff reviewed ordinances and conferred with the county attorney, it was determined that Forsyth County does not currently have the authority to conduct soil testing on private property.