Three Mile Creek Watershed
Watershed Planning in Progress
Three Mile Creek is a small, tidally-influenced stream that flows through the City of Mobile, originating in headwaters near the University of South Alabama and flowing 14 miles east to its confluence with the Mobile River. Its total drainage area of 29 square miles, including portions of five of the City’s seven Council Districts and all three Mobile County Commission Districts, is largely urbanized, but its lower reaches flow through habitat-rich wooded wetlands. It drops an average of 26 feet per mile over its upper six miles, slowed by engineered sets of weirs, but flattens over its lower eight miles. Three Mile Creek is designated only for Agricultural and Industrial use by ADEM, yet it is still listed as impaired on the State 303(d) list for “pathogens,” bacteria related to human and animal waste. Urban development and decaying sewer infrastructure have led to increased incidences of sanitary sewer overflows throughout this narrow watershed. Mid-twentieth century channelization and resulting hydrological modification, trash delivered off city streets by stormwater, and increasing presence of invasive species have also contributed to degradation.
This creek and its surrounding watershed present an extraordinary opportunity to turn what is now a community liability, due to its degraded condition, into a community amenity similar to “river walks” in other cities. By restoring the hydrology and water quality of this historic cultural and environmental resource, property values within its watershed would be enhanced, Three Mile Creek would become a unique urban ecotourism destination, and area economic development prospects would be improved. The watershed planning process is currently getting under way.
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