Protect and Preserve Our Watershed
You don't need any special titles or skills to be a friend to Hurricane Creek. You don't need money. You don't need a prestige. You don't need a specialized graduate degree. You don't even need a functioning automobile. All you need is a strong desire to serve your community and a respect for our local creek ecosystem. All you need is the belief that a friend is someone who is there when you need them and the willingness to act on it. When a community resource is polluted or damaged, friends of nature mobilize efforts to protect, preserve, and restore. Find out how you can protect and preserve our creek.
Hurricane Creek is an integral part of the Black Warrior watershed. As a natural resource, the waters are held in common by Alabamians and protected by various laws and regulations which aim to preserve its integrity. It flows from the town of Vance through Brookwood, Cottondale, and Holt where it spills into the Black Warrior River, just northeast of Tuscaloosa.
The creek is about 32 miles long and flows entirely within the boundaries of Tuscaloosa County. There are five main tributaries which flow into Hurricane Creek and are included in the Hurricane Creek watershed, including Little Hurricane Creek, Kepple Creek, Cottondale Creek, North Fork Hurricane Creek, and Bee Branch.
Although the many commercial and industrial activities of Alabama's past, primarily coal mining, have completely changed the creek, in most aspects Hurricane Creek is cleaner today than in previous decades.
On the other hand, rapid population increase and efforts to stimulate economic growth and development often increase problems of sedimentation and erosion for the watershed. In addition, the tornado of April 2011 removed riparian canopy cover from 2 linear miles of the stream and created additional concerns about erosion. Learning how to implement smart growth policies which preserve and protect our fragile natural wetlands and streams is a priority for us.