Little Choctawhatchee River at Old Power Dam Road/Dale CR 121

Newton, Alabama

This site has slight to moderate use often by families with young children. It is infrequently used for an entry or exit point for paddlers - infrequently because of the difficulty of access.

Historical data is available at the Alabama Water Watch website http://www.alabamawaterwatch.org/ using Site Code 04007093

Since the failing Beaver Creek WWTP has been closed this section of the river is cleaner and Choctawhatchee Riverkeeper is working with the Alabama Dept. of Environmental management to try to get the river segment reclassified with a swimming use designation. There are however livestock with access to the river not far upstream from this site. Caution should be exercised when using it with youngsters or anyone with underlying health issues. We are working to try to get the livestock issues addressed.

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 August 30th, 2018. 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
9°C
Cloudy
MONITORING FREQUENCY

Little Choctawhatchee River at Old Power Dam Road/Dale CR 121 is sampled monthly from May 1st to September 31st

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 from May to September. 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, August, September 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.

According to ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT
WATER DIVISION – WATER QUALITY PROGRAM, for incidental water contact and whole body water-contact recreation, the bacterial quality of water is acceptable when a sanitary survey by the controlling health authorities reveals no source of dangerous pollution and when the geometric mean E. coli organism density does not exceed 126 colonies/100 ml nor exceed a maximum of 298 colonies/100 mL in any single sample in non-coastal waters.

Our sites are GREEN when E. coli do not exceed a maximum of 199 colonies/100 ml in any single sample.

Our sites are normally YELLOW when the E. coli in a single sample is between 200 and 298 E. coli colonies per 100 mL in a single sample. When the E. coli in a single sample is near 298 colonies per 100 mL AND there are reasons that increases the concern about this site it may be set at RED!

Our sites are RED when the E. coli in a single sample exceeds a 298 colonies/100 mL in any single sample.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH

Little Choctawhatchee River at Old Power Dam Road/Dale CR 121

Newton, Alabama

WATER QUALITY
  • Passed water quality tests at least 95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on August 30th, 2018. 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
9°C
Cloudy

This site has slight to moderate use often by families with young children. It is infrequently used for an entry or exit point for paddlers - infrequently because of the difficulty of access.

Historical data is available at the Alabama Water Watch website http://www.alabamawaterwatch.org/ using Site Code 04007093

Since the failing Beaver Creek WWTP has been closed this section of the river is cleaner and Choctawhatchee Riverkeeper is working with the Alabama Dept. of Environmental management to try to get the river segment reclassified with a swimming use designation. There are however livestock with access to the river not far upstream from this site. Caution should be exercised when using it with youngsters or anyone with underlying health issues. We are working to try to get the livestock issues addressed.

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

MONITORING FREQUENCY

Little Choctawhatchee River at Old Power Dam Road/Dale CR 121 is sampled monthly from May 1st to September 31st

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 from May to September. 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, August, September 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.

According to ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT
WATER DIVISION – WATER QUALITY PROGRAM, for incidental water contact and whole body water-contact recreation, the bacterial quality of water is acceptable when a sanitary survey by the controlling health authorities reveals no source of dangerous pollution and when the geometric mean E. coli organism density does not exceed 126 colonies/100 ml nor exceed a maximum of 298 colonies/100 mL in any single sample in non-coastal waters.

Our sites are GREEN when E. coli do not exceed a maximum of 199 colonies/100 ml in any single sample.

Our sites are normally YELLOW when the E. coli in a single sample is between 200 and 298 E. coli colonies per 100 mL in a single sample. When the E. coli in a single sample is near 298 colonies per 100 mL AND there are reasons that increases the concern about this site it may be set at RED!

Our sites are RED when the E. coli in a single sample exceeds a 298 colonies/100 mL in any single sample.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH



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