The Alabama Department of Environmental Management has included the entire length of Tiawasee Creek and one of the unnamed tributaries to Tiawasee Creek on the Clean Water Act Section 303(d) List of Impaired Waters. The cause of water quality impairment was identified as siltation (habitat alteration) due to land development.
A watershed management plan for the D'Olive Creek, Tiawasee Creek, and Joe's Branch Watersheds in Baldwin County and the cities of Daphne and Spanish Fort was written by others to address the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) nine-key elements and associated water-quality issues in these critical areas.
Geosyntec's Scope of Services
Geosyntec partnered with the City of Daphne, Baldwin County Master Gardeners, the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program, EPA, and others to acquire and implement an EPA grant to establish this watershed pilot project. The purpose of the project was to create a program that will provide long-term watershed education and outreach to students at Daphne High School and the surrounding community.
Geosyntec personnel provided students with the foundational knowledge of what a watershed is, how water moves across a landscape, and how pollutants get into the bay. Facilitated discussions gave students hands-on experience in the creation of their watershed enhancement plan that will improve water quality and guide the restoration and stabilization process.
Geosyntec received an award from the Partners of Environmental Progress in recognition of the project's positive contribution to the Gulf Coast region. The project reduces pollutant loads in the area by more than 5%. Through the Alabama Water Watch Program, teachers and students are being trained to monitor water quality in the headwaters of Tiawasee Creek. Those who participate in this project will go forward armed with information to make environmental decisions and positively impact their communities.