Big Creek at Coffee County Road 342

Elba, Alabama

A sample collected on May 16 had E. coli below the threshold that would create an alert.

INITIAL TESTING FOR 2016 ON MAY 16TH SHOWED VERY LOW E. coli. CONTAMINATION AT THIS BEACH WHEN FOUND MAY ARISE FROM BAD SANITATION PRACTICES OF STREAM USERS. PLEASE - ALWAYS CARRY USED DIAPERS AWAY WITH YOU FOR PROPER DISPOSAL. CHILDREN WHO ARE NOT POTTY TRAINED SHOULD BE IN THE WATER ONLY IF THEY HAVE RUBBER PANTS ON TO CONTAIN CONTAMINANTE.

END 2015 - BEGIN 2016 ABOVE

This site is a moderately to heavily used area - used by local residents for swimming.

Historical data for this site can be found at the Alabama Water Watch website http://www.alabamawaterwatch.org/ using Site Code 04007051

There is no current E. coli report approaching the level of concern at this site. There was a measurement last fall that caused a caution to be displayed and there were some measurements back in the 1990s that were traced to unsanitary practices by users of the site.

There have been no recent data showing contamination. Samples will be collected again a few days prior to 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
10°C
Mostly clear
MONITORING FREQUENCY

Big Creek at Coffee County Road 342 is sampled monthly from May 15th to September 1st

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

Big Creek at Coffee County Road 342

Elba, 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 . 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
10°C
Mostly clear

A sample collected on May 16 had E. coli below the threshold that would create an alert.

INITIAL TESTING FOR 2016 ON MAY 16TH SHOWED VERY LOW E. coli. CONTAMINATION AT THIS BEACH WHEN FOUND MAY ARISE FROM BAD SANITATION PRACTICES OF STREAM USERS. PLEASE - ALWAYS CARRY USED DIAPERS AWAY WITH YOU FOR PROPER DISPOSAL. CHILDREN WHO ARE NOT POTTY TRAINED SHOULD BE IN THE WATER ONLY IF THEY HAVE RUBBER PANTS ON TO CONTAIN CONTAMINANTE.

END 2015 - BEGIN 2016 ABOVE

This site is a moderately to heavily used area - used by local residents for swimming.

Historical data for this site can be found at the Alabama Water Watch website http://www.alabamawaterwatch.org/ using Site Code 04007051

There is no current E. coli report approaching the level of concern at this site. There was a measurement last fall that caused a caution to be displayed and there were some measurements back in the 1990s that were traced to unsanitary practices by users of the site.

There have been no recent data showing contamination. Samples will be collected again a few days prior to Labor Day.

MONITORING FREQUENCY

Big Creek at Coffee County Road 342 is sampled monthly from May 15th to September 1st

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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