Thanks to everyone who attended our Community Kickoff Event on February 19, 2020. We hope you enjoyed sharing your ideas and memories as much as we enjoyed hearing from you!  

Over the next few weeks and months, the project team will be reviewing your input and ideas. We are also in the process of gathering and analyzing data from multiple sources about the existing conditions in the watershed. 

Stay tuned for more updates and ways you can help to Restore the Watershed!

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What is a Watershed?

A watershed is the area of land where runoff (rainwater, yard irrigation, etc.) flows into a lake, river, stream, wetland, estuary, or bay. In this case, the Carpenter Creek / Bayou Texar Watershed is the area of Pensacola that contributes runoff to those waterways.  

A watershed management plan examines the environmental health of the overall watershed, including water quality, water flow, pollution sources, and structural problems. The watershed plan also identifies ways for surrounding communities to support a healthier watershed environment, ways to keep the water clean, and how citizens can interact with, and in some cases, enjoy the water. 

The best and most effective watershed managment plans include active participation from citizens, stakeholders, property owners, and government agencies. Working together, these groups can build an effective plan to protect the watershed for generations to come.

That's where you come in! 

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Why a Watershed Management Plan? 

Carpenter Creek and Bayou Texar both suffer from historical pollution and ongoing challenges to the watershed. These impact the health of the watershed ecosystem and the quality of life for residents and visitors. Increased storm and rain events, coupled with the urban nature of these waterways, create additional stress on the plants, animals, and water quality in this ecosystem.  

These challenges, along with other physical changes to Carpenter Creek and Bayou Texar, have damaged the environmental health of both waterways.

As part of an ongoing effort to restore the watershed and reclaim the waters for public use and enjoyment, Escambia County is embarking on a mission to create a resilient community by developing a Watershed Management Plan for Carpenter Creek and Bayou Texar for the benefit of generations to come.

What Will The Plan Do? 

The watershed plan will identify existing challenges and provide a roadmap to:  

  • Manage water quantity and improve water quality for a safer and healthier environment.  
  • Protect, enhance, and restore fish and wildlife habitat for a stronger ecosystem.  
  • Expand public access and recreational opportunities for learning and fun!  
  • Build more equitable and resilient communities in the face of a changing climate.  
  • Connect residents to their watershed and waterways for stewardship and conservation.  

But this watershed plan only works if YOU help us build it. 

Sign up to attend a community meeting and share your ideas for Carpenter Creek and Bayou Texar! 

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