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!
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!
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.
The watershed plan will identify existing challenges and provide a roadmap to:
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!
The Carpenter Creek and Bayou Texar Watershed Management Plan is funded by Escambia County’s RESTORE Act Direct Component (Pot 1) funds stemming from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and is a joint project of Escambia County, the City of Pensacola, and the Pensacola and Perdido Bays Estuary Program.
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