Locust Fork River at Taylor Ford

Blountsville, Alabama

The Friends of Locust Fork River monitor this site at the end of Taylor Ford Road, designated as AWW Site 10001028. {Link to AWW}

Lots of people come often to the ford to swim, wade or sit in lawn chairs in the shallow water, cooling off one way or another. It's a popular spot, and suitable for young swimmers.

The river is wide here and the views both upriver and down are lovely. This beautiful place is rich with history you can feel when you're there. This ford is a rock shelf stretching clear across the bed of the Locust Fork River, allowing passage of vehicles in low to moderate water levels.

FLFR believes the famous Civil War encounter between Generals Forrest and Streight may have included crossing the Locust Fork at this ford.

Friends of the river have spoken to people who crossed the ford in wagons on a long trip "to town" for monthly/annual provisions before there were many bridges.

Now there are 115 bridges in Blount County, spanning the Locust and her sister, Mulberry Fork. Both forks “wiggle” in what geologists call "entrenched meanders”. That’s an average of one bridge for every five square miles of county. (115 bridges in 651 mi².)

WATER QUALITY
  • Meets water quality standards
  • Current Status
  • Last confirmed by Alabama Water Watch on at
For water quality icon legend, click:   
MONITORING FREQUENCY

Locust Fork River at Taylor Ford is sampled monthly from January 1st to December 31st

SOURCE INFORMATION

Alabama Water Watch (AWW) volunteer monitors test water quality at many sites, including some recreational areas. AWW trains its volunteers in an EPA-approved protocol. (See www.alabamawaterwatch.org/resources/publications.)

All bacteriological data are uploaded to AWW, available to the public at www.alabamawaterwatch.org/water-data.)

AWW volunteers collect a sample of water identically cultured in triplicate to reveal E coli colonies. AWW defines “relatively safe for human contact” as less than or equal to 200 E. coli/100 mL water. (Compare to ADEM and EPA levels of less than or equal to 235 E coli/100mL.*)

A swim site is marked
Green: average of triplicate cultures: zero to 200 E. coli/100mL of water.
Red: average of triplicate cultures: greater than 200 E.coli/100mL
Grey: reliable information not available.

*For more information, see EPA's 2012 Recreational Water Quality Criteria document at www.epa.gov/wqc/2012-recreational-water-quality-criteria-documents.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH

Locust Fork River at Taylor Ford

Blountsville, Alabama

WATER QUALITY
  • Meets water quality standards
  • Current Status
  • Last confirmed by Alabama Water Watch on at
For water quality icon legend, click:   

The Friends of Locust Fork River monitor this site at the end of Taylor Ford Road, designated as AWW Site 10001028. {Link to AWW}

Lots of people come often to the ford to swim, wade or sit in lawn chairs in the shallow water, cooling off one way or another. It's a popular spot, and suitable for young swimmers.

The river is wide here and the views both upriver and down are lovely. This beautiful place is rich with history you can feel when you're there. This ford is a rock shelf stretching clear across the bed of the Locust Fork River, allowing passage of vehicles in low to moderate water levels.

FLFR believes the famous Civil War encounter between Generals Forrest and Streight may have included crossing the Locust Fork at this ford.

Friends of the river have spoken to people who crossed the ford in wagons on a long trip "to town" for monthly/annual provisions before there were many bridges.

Now there are 115 bridges in Blount County, spanning the Locust and her sister, Mulberry Fork. Both forks “wiggle” in what geologists call "entrenched meanders”. That’s an average of one bridge for every five square miles of county. (115 bridges in 651 mi².)

MONITORING FREQUENCY

Locust Fork River at Taylor Ford is sampled monthly from January 1st to December 31st

SOURCE INFORMATION

Alabama Water Watch (AWW) volunteer monitors test water quality at many sites, including some recreational areas. AWW trains its volunteers in an EPA-approved protocol. (See www.alabamawaterwatch.org/resources/publications.)

All bacteriological data are uploaded to AWW, available to the public at www.alabamawaterwatch.org/water-data.)

AWW volunteers collect a sample of water identically cultured in triplicate to reveal E coli colonies. AWW defines “relatively safe for human contact” as less than or equal to 200 E. coli/100 mL water. (Compare to ADEM and EPA levels of less than or equal to 235 E coli/100mL.*)

A swim site is marked
Green: average of triplicate cultures: zero to 200 E. coli/100mL of water.
Red: average of triplicate cultures: greater than 200 E.coli/100mL
Grey: reliable information not available.

*For more information, see EPA's 2012 Recreational Water Quality Criteria document at www.epa.gov/wqc/2012-recreational-water-quality-criteria-documents.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH



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