Spring Creek Watershed Partnership in Southwest Georgia
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The Spring Creek Watershed Partnership (SCWP) was created due to growing concerns of long time residents in Miller County about the ever increasing degradation of Spring Creek. Invitations to participate in the partnership were extended to the other five counties that are part of the Spring Creek watershed. All six counties, along with federal, state, and local agencies, signed the agreement forming the partnership in October 2003. The purpose of the partnership is to provide leadership and promote wise stewardship through community development, educational outreach, and the active participation of private landowners, for enhancing, restoring, and protecting the Spring Creek Watershed. The partnership is in the process of taking inventory of impacts to Spring Creek such as unpaved road sediment input, agricultural land erosion and run off, streambank failure from erosion, channel instability, live stock access, agricultural irrigation, and pathogens that could or have had negative impacts to aquatic fauna. The partnership’s goal is to address these impacts through federal and state agency programs. Through this partnership all entities involved hope to improve the overall water quality of the Spring Creek Watershed which will in turn protect the rich and unique aquatic fauna that occurs in this system.