West Fork Choctawhatchee River at Hwy 27 (Browns Crossing)


Sample on August 22, 2016 had elevated E. coli but not at level to cause closure - RATED CAUTION AFTER RAINFALL FOR NOW.

This site has moderate to heavy use by people from the surrounding area for swimming and fishing. The canoe livery that was at this site has closed but this stretch of the West Fork of the Choctawhatchee is utilized by folks from all across SE Alabama and beyond for [paddling when there is sufficient water. There is a small "waterfall" about 1/2 mile upstream. From that waterfall upstream to the mouth of Judy Creek is not classified for swimming because of a small wastewater discharge at the mouth of Judy Creek.

Choctawhatchee Riverkeeper has never collected a sample at this site which had E. coli high enough to create a concern. Historical data for this site is available on the Alabama Water Watch website http://www.alabamawaterwatch.org/ under Site Code 04007020.

Testing will be done again a few days before Independence Day and a few days before Labor Day.

WATER QUALITY
  • Passed water quality tests at least 95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on . Choctawhatchee Riverkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
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CURRENT WEATHER
12°C
Clear and sunny
MONITORING FREQUENCY

West Fork Choctawhatchee River at Hwy 27 (Browns Crossing) is sampled from May 15th to September 15th

SOURCE INFORMATION

The State of Alabama does not regularly monitor any inland swimming areas/beaches. The monitoring is done by Choctawhatchee Riverkeeper at sites where there is significant recreational use. Monitoring is done using methods (protocols) developed by the Alabama Water Watch program that have been approved for first-alert monitoring by Region 4 of the U.

S. EPA.

Choctawhatchee Riverkeeper will monitor these sites for E. coli early in the swimming season until at least Labor Day. If resources allow these sites will at a minimum be monitored once prior to each major summer holiday. If additional resources are available these 5 will be monitored five times a month in May, June-July and August to check for contamination. All data will be reported to the media. Sites that fail to meet water quality standards will be reported to county health departments, the local watershed management authority, posted to the blog on the Choctawhatchee Riverkeeper website and reported directly to members of Choctawhatchee Riverkeeper and the Wiregrass Canoe and Kayak Club.

Sites that fail to meet water quality standards will be tested approximately once a week until they meet water quality standards. If they continue to fail to meet water quality standards, efforts will be made to post the sites as failing or have them posted. Sites that meet water quality standards in the early testing period will be tested prior to each major summer holiday. If at any point they fail to meet water quality standards, they will be tested as above.

For safe and unsafe levels, Choctawhatchee Riverkeeper uses several levels based upon the use of the site. For single samples Choctawhatchee Riverkeeper uses the numbers that Alabama Water Watch uses in its training materials which are slightly rounded from the numbers in EPA 440/5-84-002

These are: We/AWW Uses EPA Number

Designated Beach Area 200 235
Moderately Used Swimming Area 300 298
Lightly Used Swimming Area 400 409
Rarely Used Swimming Area 600 575

WATER QUALITY GRAPH

West Fork Choctawhatchee River at Hwy 27 (Browns Crossing)


WATER QUALITY
  • Passed water quality tests at least 95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on . Choctawhatchee Riverkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
For water quality icon legend, click:   
CURRENT WEATHER
12°C
Clear and sunny

Sample on August 22, 2016 had elevated E. coli but not at level to cause closure - RATED CAUTION AFTER RAINFALL FOR NOW.

This site has moderate to heavy use by people from the surrounding area for swimming and fishing. The canoe livery that was at this site has closed but this stretch of the West Fork of the Choctawhatchee is utilized by folks from all across SE Alabama and beyond for [paddling when there is sufficient water. There is a small "waterfall" about 1/2 mile upstream. From that waterfall upstream to the mouth of Judy Creek is not classified for swimming because of a small wastewater discharge at the mouth of Judy Creek.

Choctawhatchee Riverkeeper has never collected a sample at this site which had E. coli high enough to create a concern. Historical data for this site is available on the Alabama Water Watch website http://www.alabamawaterwatch.org/ under Site Code 04007020.

Testing will be done again a few days before Independence Day and a few days before Labor Day.

MONITORING FREQUENCY

West Fork Choctawhatchee River at Hwy 27 (Browns Crossing) is sampled from May 15th to September 15th

SOURCE INFORMATION

The State of Alabama does not regularly monitor any inland swimming areas/beaches. The monitoring is done by Choctawhatchee Riverkeeper at sites where there is significant recreational use. Monitoring is done using methods (protocols) developed by the Alabama Water Watch program that have been approved for first-alert monitoring by Region 4 of the U.

S. EPA.

Choctawhatchee Riverkeeper will monitor these sites for E. coli early in the swimming season until at least Labor Day. If resources allow these sites will at a minimum be monitored once prior to each major summer holiday. If additional resources are available these 5 will be monitored five times a month in May, June-July and August to check for contamination. All data will be reported to the media. Sites that fail to meet water quality standards will be reported to county health departments, the local watershed management authority, posted to the blog on the Choctawhatchee Riverkeeper website and reported directly to members of Choctawhatchee Riverkeeper and the Wiregrass Canoe and Kayak Club.

Sites that fail to meet water quality standards will be tested approximately once a week until they meet water quality standards. If they continue to fail to meet water quality standards, efforts will be made to post the sites as failing or have them posted. Sites that meet water quality standards in the early testing period will be tested prior to each major summer holiday. If at any point they fail to meet water quality standards, they will be tested as above.

For safe and unsafe levels, Choctawhatchee Riverkeeper uses several levels based upon the use of the site. For single samples Choctawhatchee Riverkeeper uses the numbers that Alabama Water Watch uses in its training materials which are slightly rounded from the numbers in EPA 440/5-84-002

These are: We/AWW Uses EPA Number

Designated Beach Area 200 235
Moderately Used Swimming Area 300 298
Lightly Used Swimming Area 400 409
Rarely Used Swimming Area 600 575

WATER QUALITY GRAPH



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