The History of the Friends of Hurricane Creek
In the mid-1990s, a group of concerned citizens organized the non-profit Friends of Hurricane Creek, affiliated with the international Waterkeeper Alliance, to advocate for the protection and preservation of the creek and its surrounding habitats. The organization, which now numbers over 180 members, holds annual creek clean-up events and has pioneered a procedure for citizen's to file complaints about threats to the creek and engages in grassroots campaigns to protect the creek and its ecology and pursues cooperative agreements to end pollution and educate the community about its effects on the creek.
In the mid-2000s, the Friends of Hurricane Creek expanded their mission to place an increased emphasis on education and advocacy. FOHC is facilitating ecological educational programs to benefit children, students, and economically or mentally impacted members of Tuscaloosa County.
Inspired by Richard Louv's research on the benefits of connecting children to nature, FOHC is currently seeking to sponsor local schools and institutions who wish to partner in our Creek-Based Learning Modules and Earthskills workshops which create lasting relationships between young stewards and natural ecosystems.
Since eco-conscious community living requires us to make the best use of natural resources, FOHC is also working to share fallen timber with local wood-based artists and assist artists in creating natural structures and land art for Hurricane Creek Park and its surroundings.