January 9, 2020, Presentation:

Shades Creek Watershed Management Plan

Learn about EPA’s 9-step watershed management planning process and the work that the Nature Conservancy is facilitating in Shades Creek. This stakeholder-driven process provides a mechanism for citizens of the Shades Creek Watershed to identify water quality issues within the watershed and propose solutions that would then become eligible for Section 319(h) grant funding.

The project area drainage basin includes more than 80,000 acres of land in the Birmingham, AL metropolitan area. This highly urbanized watershed has encountered significant growth and subsequent alterations to natural hydrology. The Watershed Management Plan presents a unique opportunity to develop a comprehensive strategy to identify specific policies and programs to reduce stormwater flooding, improve water quality, and enhance the many benefits of the rivers and watershed area. Implementation of green infrastructure and other stormwater management projects will allow for protection of critical habitats to help mitigate the impacts of past and future growth.”

Courtney Reich, AICP, CFM is our guest speaker for the evening. She is a consultant with GMC and leads their Stormwater Practice

Our Meetings: Friends of Shades Creek meet on the 2nd Thursday of the month at Homewood Library, Room 101 (downstairs) for informational and educational presentations. Meeting time is 7:00 P.M. We do not meet in summer months of June and July. Our December meeting is a holiday party, taking place in a different venue. It has also, become a tradition to have our May meeting at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens for a walk and special program on the 1st Thursday.

Friends of Shades Creek programs are free and open to the public. We welcome all to attend. The meeting format begins with refreshments, introductions and announcements and then the presentation, which runs  45-60 minutes long, leaving 10-20 minutes for Q & A. The meeting ends at 8:45 P.M.

 

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