Environmental Monitoring and Assessment of Fivemile Creek at Tarrant, AL

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The Black Warrior - Cahaba Rivers Land Trust and City of Tarrant (as part of the Fivemile Creek Greenway Partnership) are among the new USGS cooperators for 2003 -04. These organizations are spearheading an effort to restore Fivemile Creek in Jefferson County to its place as an important asset in daily lives for those who live and work along the creek in northern Jefferson County. The Greenway master plan includes the goal of establishing a 24-mile greenway along the banks of Fivemile Creek from Tarrant City to the convergence of the stream with the Black Warrior River near Graysville. Over 600 acres between the creek and HWY 79 have been acquired in the Tarrant City area that is slated for use as a park and starting point for the hiking trail. Additional acreage has also been acquired in Graysville. Over three miles of the greenway are in the acquisition stage with offers of additional donations of another three miles in the Fultondale area.

USGS assistance is matching the effort of providing baseline water quality information for the area of stream near the park in Tarrant City. 

Environmental Monitoring and Assessment of Fivemile Creek at Tarrant, AL

The Black Warrior - Cahaba Rivers Land Trust and City of Tarrant (as part of the Fivemile Creek Greenway Partnership) are among the new USGS cooperators for 2003 -04. These organizations are spearheading an effort to restore Fivemile Creek in Jefferson County to its place as an important asset in daily lives for those who live and work along the creek in northern Jefferson County. The Greenway master plan includes the goal of establishing a 24-mile greenway along the banks of Fivemile Creek from Tarrant City to the convergence of the stream with the Black Warrior River near Graysville. Over 600 acres between the creek and HWY 79 have been acquired in the Tarrant City area that is slated for use as a park and starting point for the hiking trail. Additional acreage has also been acquired in Graysville. Over three miles of the greenway are in the acquisition stage with offers of additional donations of another three miles in the Fultondale area.

USGS assistance is matching the effort of providing baseline water quality information for the area of stream near the park in Tarrant City. The information is important as increased visitors to the stream are anticipated as the park and extended greenway become more accessible to the public. The efforts this summer and early next year will focus on water quality and the health of the aquatic communities in the area of the recent land acquisition. The Ketona gaging station, adjacent to the park, will be monitored for additional water quality parameters during the summer months when park usage will peak.