A ridge of high ground borders every river system enclosing what is called a “watershed.” Beyond the ridge, all water flows into another river system. A watershed creates a natural community where every living thing has something in common - the source and final disposition of their water.
These illustrated 4-color posters of Georgia's 14 major watersheds were produced in cooperation with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and were mailed to all high schools and middle schools in Georgia. The Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia called them, "one of the most popular and effective river education mediums for students and adults that we have available in the state."
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Hazlehurst, GA, Outdoors, Rivers
Forming one of Georgia's 14 major watersheds, the Altamaha is the largest river in Georgia, and a strong case can be made that it has been the most important, historically and economically.
Blairsville, GA, Outdoors, Rivers
With its headwaters in the Blue Ridge Mountains, 200 feet from the Appalachian Trail, the Chattahoochee flows 430 miles through Georgia, forming one of Georgia's 14 major watersheds.
Rome, GA, Outdoors, Rivers
Creating one of Georgia's 14 major watersheds, the Coosa River is formed by the merging of the Oostanaula and Etowah rivers.
Hapeville, GA, Outdoors, Rivers
Beginning in the heart of the Atlanta Metro Area, the Flint flows 349 miles in a wide eastward arc to its junction with the Chattahoochee at Lake Seminole in southwest Georgia, forming one of the state's 14 major watersheds.
Sylvester, GA, Outdoors, Rivers
One of Georgia's 14 major watersheds, the Ochlockonee River originates in Worth County, GA, and flows 190 miles south and southwest through the Florida Panhandle, where it then empties into the Gulf of Mexico at Ochlockonee Bay.
One of Georgia's 14 major watersheds. The South and Yellow rivers join to form the Ocmulgee within Jackson Lake in Butts County, Georgia. Below the tailrace of the lake's Lloyd Shoals Dam, the Ocmulgee flows south to join the Oconee River near Lumber City to form the Altamaha River, which flows into the Atlantic Ocean at Altamaha Sound near Darien. (The map pin is located at Lake Jackson, where the South and Yellow rivers merge to form the Ocmulgee).
One of Georgia's 14 major watersheds. The North Oconee and Middle Oconee rivers join to form the Oconee River about 6 miles south of Athens, Georgia. The river then flows south, with stops at Lake Oconee and Lake Sinclair, to join the Ocmulgee near Lumber City and form the Altamaha River. The Altamaha then flows into the Atlantic Ocean at Altamaha Sound near Darien.
One of Georgia's 14 major watersheds. Beginning in Greene County in the Georgia Piedmont, the Ogeechee River flows 245 miles to empty into Ossabaw Sound, 15 miles south of Savannah.
One of Georgia's 14 major watersheds. The St. Marys River rises in the Okefenokee Swamp in Charlton and Ware counties, Georgia. It flows circuitously eastward for 125 miles, forming part of the boundary between Georgia and Florida.
One of Georgia's 14 major watersheds. The Satilla River rises in the middle of South Georgia in Ben Hill and Coffee counties and flows east-southeast for 260 miles to empty into the Atlantic Ocean through St. Andrews Sound, north of Cumberland Island.
One of Georgia's 14 major watersheds. The Seneca and Tugaloo rivers come together near Hartwell, Georgia, to form the Savannah River. From that point, the Savannah flows 300 miles southeasterly to the Atlantic Ocean.
Fargo, GA, Outdoors, Rivers
Numerous channels converge at the southwest corner of the Okefenokee Swamp near Fargo to form the Suwannee River, one of Georgia's 14 major watersheds.
One of Georgia's 14 major watersheds. The Tallapoosa River begins about 40 miles west of Atlanta near the Haralson / Paulding county line and flows southwesterly through hilly terrain for about 45 miles in Georgia before entering Alabama. It merges with the Coosa River 18 miles northeast of Montgomery to form the Alabama River; the Alabama River merges with the Tombigbee north of Mobile to form the Mobile River, which flows into the Gulf of Mexico at Mobile Bay.
One of Georgia's 14 major watersheds. The Tennessee Valley Divide snakes through North Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee. North of that physiographic feature, Georgia creeks, such as Lookout and Chickamauga, and rivers, including the Toccoa, Nottely-Hiawassee, and Little Tennessee, flow north to eventually become part of the Tennessee River. The Tennessee merges with the Ohio, and the Ohio with the Mississippi, which flows into the Gulf of Mexico at New Orleans.