The Landscape

The Fly Creek Watershed (HUC 031602050205) has multiple subbasins primarily draining directly to Mobile Bay. Primary named tributaries within the watershed include Yancey Branch, Rock Creek, Fly Creek, Point Clear Creek, and Bailey Creek.

 

Size Location and Land Use:

The Fly Creek Watershed covers approximately 21900 acres along the eastern shore of Baldwin County and includes portions of the cities of Daphne, Fairhope as well as Point Clear and Barnwell. land uses within the Fly Creek watershed have changed with increased population from an area that historically was dominated by forest and agricultural land to one that has experienced relatively rapid residential and business development, particularly along major transportation corridors and within subdivisions such as Rock Creek, The Woodlands, and The Waters. Land cover estimates for the Fly Creek watershed, based on the National Land Cover Database (2006) analysis were: 30% forest, 24% cropland, 18% pasture, 30% developed, 24% wetlands, and 18% other.

Ecological Importance

Previous investigations in the Watershed show than many streams within the urbanized areas have been severely affected by land-use change and anthropogenic activities. Additional impacts associated with failing sanitary sewer infrastructure and runoff from agricultural areas have regularly introduced high levels of bacteriological pathogens into local streams.

Human Uses

Public access to the waterways in Fly Creek exists at Bayfront Park (Daphne), the Fairhope pier and public beach, and at Pelican Point at the mouth of Weeks Bay. Additional private access points are available throughout the Watershed and include Fly Creek Marina and the Grand Hotel in Point Clear.