September 7, 2020: Another Big Milestone Reached in the Restoration of Baldwin County’s D’Olive Watershed. Click here to read the press release.
July 27, 2020: A virtual community meeting was held on July 14th. Despite the COVID threat, a crowd of approximately 40 community stakeholders was in attendance. A meeting summary has been prepared along with additional plan update information.
May 21, 2020: Joe's Branch was recently removed from Alabama's 303(d) List of Impaired Waters. Click here to read the press release. (ADEM's Final Delisting Decision for Joe's Branch, , Alabama 303(d) List of Impaired Waters, Alabama 303(d) List Fact Sheet)
July 1, 2010: Upcoming Meeting for the D'Olive Watershed Management Plan Update. Scheduled for July 14th at 5:30p.m. This meeting will held virtually and at Daphne City Hall for those who would like to attend in person. Stay up-to-date on the latest information by taking this survey.
Purpose of Watershed Management Plan
Excessive erosion and sedimentation have plagued the D'Olive Watershed since the 1970s, and ongoing urban development continues to intensify problems in each of the Watershed's three principal drainage areas in the watershed. Lake Forest Lake, which drains 91% of the seven-square mile watershed, receives 7,800 tons of sediment per year - roughly 650 dump truck loads. This sediment not only impacts the lake, but some portion will pass through the lake and be deposited in D'Olive Bay and the Mobile Bay estuary.
Watershed Management Plan Goals
The four primary objectives that guided the development of the conceptual management measures addressed in the WMP were:
- Reduce upstream sediment inputs into the Lake Forest Lake/D'Olive/Tiawasee system.
- Reduce ongoing sediment loads into D'Olive Bay and the Mobile Bay estuary.
- Remediate and restore past effects of these sediment loads, including lake restoration.
- Mitigate future impacts of development in the watersheds, where feasible.
Lake Forest Lake
Lake Forest Lake and its tributaries, D’Olive Creek and Tiawassee Creek, are valuable assets to our community. They provide aesthetic and recreational benefits to Lake Foresters and the surrounding community, are the home to many forms of life, and the lake plays an important ecological function in keeping sediment out of D’Olive Bay. These water bodies and the life they support are resources worth preserving and enhancing.
Over the years, Lake Forest Lake has performed very well in its role of sediment trapping. So well in fact that its function defines its fate: eventually filling completely with sediment. This is an outcome that is in no one’s best interest. With careful planning and forethought though, the useful life of the lake can be extended for the mutual benefit of Lake Foresters and its wetland life.
The planning involved with preserving and restoring the lake is a community effort. The Mobile Bay National Estuary Program, with funding provided by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund, and assistance from the Lake Forest Property Owners Association, has assembled a team to study and identify goals, expectations, and concepts for preserving and restoring Lake Forest Lake.
D'Olive Creek implementation update is available on The Restoration page.
Critical Issues and Areas
Monitoring and Research Studies
2018 - D'Olive Economic Valuation Report
Continued Monitoring for D'Olive Bay Report
D'Olive Watershed Stream Restoration Workshop Sign-In Sheet - March 7-8, 2018
D'Olive Watershed Stream Restoration Workshop Sign-In Sheet - Feb 16-17, 2016
For more information please contact:
Mobile Bay National Estuary Program
118 N. Royal St. Suite 601
Mobile, AL 36602