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Discovering Alabama

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Bear Creek Watershed

Much of the region around Bear Creek in northwest Alabama is rural farm and forestland. However, several decades ago Bear Creek was officially closed to public use due to serious water pollution. In this program, host Dr. Doug Phillips canoes Bear Creek to examine the natural qualities of the Bear Creek watershed. Along the way he visits with area residents as they tell the story of how local leaders and landowners rallied together to correct problems that were affecting the Creek, which today is restored to good water quality and once again open for public use. The success of this local effort, known as the Bear Creek Watershed Project, has today gained wide recognition as a model partnership in correcting "non-point Source" water pollution problems.

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