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Locust Fork River, Blount County, Alabama
Nationally known for its premiere whitewater, the Locust Fork is the second longest free-flowing river in Alabama. Whitewater enthusiasts come from all over the Southeast and beyond to enjoy the thrill of the Locust Fork’s class III and IV rapids.(The class III & IV rapids are only in the lower sections of the Locust Fork, River Beach Outfitters uses the upper portion of the Locust Fork which is flat water and has class I and below rapids).The Locust Fork is home to a multitude of historic covered bridges (like Swann Bridge near Cleveland, AL, pictured to the right), fishing holes, swimming and picnicking areas, and remarkably beautiful sandstone cliffs and waterfalls. All of these tourist attractions yield great aesthetic and economic benefits to Blount County and to the entire state of Alabama. The Locust Fork River is also home to an abundance of aquatic life (including 74 species of fish), wildlife and unique flora indigenous to the area. Several threatened and endangered species call this river home: the flattened musk turtle, many types of mussels and
snails, the Cahaba shiner and the Vermillion darter. This darter, a small bottom-dwelling fish, is found exclusively in a five-mile stretch of Turkey Creek near the town of Pinson in northern Jefferson County.
Citizen monitors from several groups have tested water in the Locust Fork Watershed as a part of Alabama Water Watch (AWW). They have taken over 1,500 water quality measurements, which have been entered into the AWW statewide database.
Four local citizen groups currently monitor the waters of the Locust Fork Watershed and account for 95% of all water quality measurements. The Friends of Locust Fork River (FLFR) has been the most active group in the watershed, and is the featured group in this report. Since 1993, FLFR monitors have taken 700 water chemistry and bacterial measurements at 16 sites on the middle section of the Locust Fork River (see map at left).
The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Marshall County (RSVP/Marshall Co.) has monitored 10 sites and
taken 590 measurements in the upper watershed. Two other citizen groups - the Black Warrior Riverkeepers (BWR) and the Five-Mile Creek Action Committee(FMCAC) monitor significant tributary streams of the Locust Fork. Many other citizen groups continue working to preserve and protect the Locust Fork Watershed.
Enjoying a day floating down the
Locust Fork River