Pepperell Branch Watershed Project

 


About the Pepperell Branch Watershed Partnership:

Goal: The goal of the Pepperell Branch Watershed Partnership is to develop a plan to establish and implement best management practices that will improve the water quality in Pepperell Branch by reducing pollution sources throughout the watershed. The ultimate goal is for the creek to meet water quality standards all year long.

Project:  This citizen directed project will result in the production of a watershed management plan (WMP) that has been developed with insight from local stakeholders and governmental entities. The WMP will identify implementable best management practices that are based on the goals of water quality improvement and watershed protection. A comprehensive watershed approach will be used with concentrations on the most significant sources of pollution contributing to the impairments. Public engagement is encouraged.

Please contact Nikki Dictson (Alabama Cooperative Extension) if you are interested in participating!


Pepperell Branch Events:

  • January 24, 3:00-5:00 pm – Public Pepperell Branch Partnership Meeting at the Opelika Planning Commission Chamber, Public Works Building, 700 Fox Trail.
  • January 25, 5:00-8:00 pmFree Alabama Water Watch Bacteriological Monitoring Workshop, Description: Detect levels of E.coli and other coliform bacteria in water as indicators of contamination. Determine if water is safe for drinking, swimming and aquatic life. Contact Email: awwprog@auburn.edu Workshop Contact Phone: 334-844-4785 Workshop Location:  CASIC Building 559 Devall Drive Auburn, AL 36849 
  • January 26, 9:00am-4:00 pmFree Alabama Water Watch Water Chemistry Monitoring Workshop, Description: Test physical and chemical characteristics of water to determine pollution sources and long-term trends in water quality. Six variables are measured with a customized test kit, and results can be compared with water quality standards that define conditions for healthy waterbodies. Contact Email: awwprog@auburn.edu Workshop Contact Phone: 334-844-4785 Workshop Location:  CASIC Building 559 Devall Drive Auburn, AL 36849
  • Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 8 am – Creek Cleanup and Environmental Fair
  • Monday, February 4, 2019 9:00am- 5:00pm Introduction to Watershed Modeling Course  for water and natural resource professionals.  Participants will gain an understanding of what model is needed for watershed protection planning, how modeling fits into 9 Elements, and the resources needed to take the next steps. The models and tools the course will cover include: load duration curves (LDC), Spreadsheet Tool for Estimating Pollutant Load (STEP-L), Generalized Watershed Loading Function (GWLF), P8 urban catchment model (P8-UCM), Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT), AGricultural Non-Point Source Pollution Model (AGNPS), Hydrologic Simulation Program – FORTRAN (HSPF), Hydrologic and Water Quality System (HAWQS) and Storm Water Management Model (SWMM). Cost: $20. Location: Center for Science, Innovation, and Quality, Conference Room 301, 559 Devall Dr. Auburn, AL 36830

  Past Events

  • December 13, 3:00-4:30 pm – Pepperell Branch Watershed Partnership Meeting  at the Opelika Planning Commission Chamber, Public Works Building, 700 Fox Trail. (Agenda)
  • November 29, 3:00-5:00 pm – Pepperell Branch Watershed Partnership Meeting  at the Opelika Planning Commission Chamber, Public Works Building, 700 Fox Trail. (Agenda)
  • November 8, 3:00-5:00 pm – Public Pepperell Branch Watershed Bus Tour. Meet the bus at 2:45 pm at Southern Union parking lot and the tour will begin at 3 pm. We will drive along roads close to the watershed boundary so that everyone can get a feel for the area within the watershed. Stops at Monkey Park, Cunningham Bridge, and downtown.
  • Saturday, Oct. 27 at 8 am – Storm Drain Marking Volunteer Event (See photos here)
  • October 18, 3-5 pm – First Pepperell Branch Partnership Meeting at the Opelika Planning Commission Chamber, Public Works Building, 700 Fox Trail. (Agenda)
  • September 18, 2018 Kick off Public Meeting – Opelika City Council Chamber (Agenda)

View our Project Timeline here


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Publicity on Pepperell Branch Watershed:


Maps of Pepperell Branch Watershed: 


*This project was fully funded by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management through a Clean Water Act Section 319(h) nonpoint source grant provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – Region 4