Success Spotlight: Dry Creek
EPA's Clean Water Act Section 319 Program provides funding for restoration of nonpoint source-impaired water bodies. This week's success spotlight shines on Dry Creek in Alabama. Runoff from pasture grazing contributed to elevated ammonia levels in Dry Creek in Alabama's Blount County, prompting the Alabama Department of Environmental Management to add the creek to the state's list of impaired waters in 1998. Implementing best management practices, such as including livestock exclusion fencing, alternative watering sources, alum treatment to reduce ammonia and bacteria in poultry litter, and a septic tank pump-out program, and conducting stakeholder education and outreach have led to improved water quality. Dry Creek now meets the ammonia water quality standard associated with its fish and wildlife designated use classification. As a result, Alabama removed a 12-mile segment of Dry Creek from the state's 2012 list for ammonia impairment. Click here for more information.
Source: US EPA