South Atlantic Water Science Center

Chattahoochee River BacteriAlert: Paces Ferry Site

Paces Ferry site description:

The Paces Ferry site is the southernmost site in this project. The immediate area is highly urbanized and the site of a lot of public activity and use. Close to the site there are residential areas, restaurants and commercial establishments, a shopping mall, high-rise office buildings, along with a large, private school along the river bank. Tens of thousands of people live, work, and play close to this section of the Chattahoochee River.

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Sampling location:

Bacteria samples are being collected by Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper volunteers at the USGS Chattahoochee River at Atlanta gaging station (gage house is in the right picture). The sampling site is at the old one-lane bridge that crosses the river at Paces Ferry Road (left picture).

The sampling site is at the old one-lane bridge that crosses the river at Paces Ferry Roadthe USGS Chattahoochee River at Atlanta gaging statio

Adjacent land use

The Chattahoochee River at Paces Ferry Road is located just east of Vinings and is just downstream of I-75 and I-285. The local area is densely developed. On the right bank (facing south, downstream) is a restaurant (left picture) and shopping center, and on the left bank is a large private school (right picture).

On the right bank (facing south, downstream) is a restauranton the left bank is a large private school

Surrounding area

The area surrounding the Paces Ferry sampling site is very heavily used by the people of Atlanta for a variety of uses. Just upstream of the site is the National Park Service's Palisades Unit, which is frequented by picnickers, hikers, boaters, and rafters. The area is a popular "take out" site for thousands of tubers and rafters finishing their float down the Chattahoochee during the summer months. Many people picnic and hike the trails and climb the rocky bluffs of the river further upstream of the site.

As the left-side picture shows, high-rise office centers and shopping districts are situated just upstream of the site, and Paces Ferry Road at the sampling site supports shopping and is an important traffic artery (right picture).

High-rise office centers and shopping districts are situated just upstream of the sitePaces Ferry Road at the sampling site supports shopping and is an important traffic artery

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