What is the Choccolocco Creek Watershed?
Our mission is to develop a consolidated stewardship effort of informed stakeholders in the watershed with a common interest in implementing strategies to preserve, protect and promote the beneficial uses of Choccolocco Creek.
The Choccolocco Creek Watershed is a non-profit group of area stakeholders working to preserve the watershed’s historical integrity and character while protecting our natural resources and promoting outdoor recreational activities.
The Choccolocco Creek Watershed Impact.
Flood reduction, provided by dams and reservoirs, protects communities, businesses and industries throughout the region and provides the area with excellent recreational areas and locations for business and residential development. Without reliable flood reduction benefits, there would be a devastating impact on businesses, the future of jobs and the well-being of families.
As resource stewards, the CCW’s natural resources staff strives to promote, maintain and enhance the health and diversity of the watershed’s natural resources for the public. The Choccolocco Creek Watershed and the USDA NRCS natural resources staff concentrate its efforts in the areas of agriculture, forestry, riparian stabilization and water quality monitoring operations.
Natural Resources Protection
The CCW has a long-time commitment to work hand in hand with local, state and federal agencies as well as individuals to reduce pollution. Maintaining a constant effort to protect and even improve water quality, the CCW is a participant in the region’s water quality initiatives including municipal stormwater education, and the area’s MS4 Cooperative informational meetings.
Various farming operations encompass substantial acreage in the watershed and the CCW works with the regional area conservation districts to support best management practices on these agricultural lands. Conservation management planning efforts allow land to be profitably farmed while maintaining environmental integrity.
Over the years, the CCW working with area Conservation Districts, Alabama Cooperative Extension System, and Alabama Forestry Commission has helped plant trees as part of an ongoing Arbor Day program for community residents and landowners. More importantly, the forestry workshops and programs have helped distribute information to educate forest landowners on preserving and protecting the hundreds of acres of forest land for wildlife and nature.
Forestry and flood management efforts provide excellent habitat for wildlife proliferation. Working with the Alabama Natural Resources Council the CCW has hosted workshops on wildlife management planning for private property owners in the watershed.
Surface water quality is a priority for the watershed area. This effort also extends to drinking water, and municipal separate stormwater sewer systems education. The CCW has marked neighborhood storm drains, and distributed door hangers with general stormwater and storm drain awareness information.
Thank You to our Partners and Sponsors!
The Choccolocco Creek Watershed is fortunate that it has partners on the local, state, and federal level that enhance the CCW’s work to fulfill its mission. From sponsoring clean-ups, workshops, or recreational events, the CCW benefits from the expertise and support of trained professionals at these agencies and dedicated volunteers at others.
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Calhoun, Talladega, and Cleburne Soil & Water Conservation Districts
City of Oxford
City of Anniston
City of Lincoln
Anniston Water Works
Oxford Water Works
Calhoun County Highway Department
Alabama Forestry Commission
USDA Farm Service Agency
Alabama Soil & Water Conservation Committee
Alabama Department of Environmental Management
Alabama Department of Transportation
Jacksonville State University
Logan Martin Lake Protection