The Black Warrior Clean Water Partnership recognized Fayette County Commission and Fayette County engineer, Bobby McCraw for their efforts in improving the North River Watershed. The Commission participated in the North River Watershed Project with the goal of developing cost-effective methods for reducing sediment entering Clear and Deadwater Creeks. These creeks are major feeders to Bays Lake, the public water supply for the City of Berry and parts of unincorporated Fayette County. Sediment reduction reduces drinking water treatment costs and improves water quality. It is estimated that over 400 tons of sediment have been prevented from entering streams in North River. The award was presented by Abner Patton, Chairman of the Black Warrior Clean Water Partnership North River Project and President of Patton Geologics, Inc. Jeff Powell of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service stated that this project, which highlights cooperative efforts between municipalities, businesses and Federal and State agencies, is a demonstration for other areas in the State. ADEM provided funding for the North River Watershed Project to improve water quality and demonstrate the benefits of cooperative partnerships. Components within the grant included: • Implement measures to specifically address causes/sources of nonpoint source pollution (BMPs) • Provide nonpoint source education • Indicate measurable improvements (load and load reductions) Project partners include: ADEM, Alabama Department of Conservation & Natural Resources, Alabama Forestry Commission, Alabama Cooperative Extension System-Fayette County, Fayette County Commission, City of Tuscaloosa, Alabama Department of Public Health, University of Alabama Museum of Natural History, Geological Survey of Alabama, Black Warrior Clean Water Partnership, Patton Geologics, Cawaco Resource Conservation & Development Council, Inc., Tombigbee Resource Conservation & Development Council, Inc., USDA/NRCS-Fayette County, Fayette County Soil & Water Conservation District.
- Alabama Dirt/Gravel Road Workshop
- Black Warrior Clean Water Partnership Stakeholders Meeting
- Lake Tuscaloosa Cleanup
- Other Lake Clean-Ups