Project Name: Alabama River Basin Management Plan
Summary: Recommends measures for resource protection and restoration
Client: Alabama Clean Water Partnership
Project Location: Alabama River Basin
Project Size: 44,000 Square Miles
• Watershed Management
and Basin Planning
• Agency Consultation
• Stakeholder Facilitation
Project Timeframe: 2003 - 2006
Relationship with Client: Since 2003
The Alabama Clean Water Partnership sought a qualified consultant to help develop a management plan as a result of a Clean Water Act Section 319(h) grant. Funding was provided to develop a management plan that would provide the framework for implementing best management practices (BMPs) for nonpoint pollution source control.
The Alabama River Basin Management Plan encompasses seventeen counties along the mainstem Alabama River and its tributaries. The basin extends from the confluence of the Coosa and Tallapoosa Rivers to the Alabama’s confluence with the Tombigbee River. The river basin plan, developed by Kleinschmidt over an 18-month period, involved significant public stakeholder input in identifying water resource issues and solutions. Watershed community outreach and coalition building were key elements in the approach. Kleinschmidt established a project steering committee and a riparian protection and restoration action team to assist in plan development. The holistic river basin plan identifies environmental concerns, challenges, and impairments; and provides stakeholders with reasonable courses of action to protect, restore and maintain the chemical, physical, biological, and habitat integrity of aquatic ecosystems. Nonpoint source loadings and water quality modeling was a central focus during plan development. Best management practices are identified and evaluated for expected loading reductions.
Kleinschmidt’s plan offers practical measures to achieve nonpoint source reduction goals that include recommendations for land protection and restoration projects including riparian corridor management.