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Choctawhatchee Riverkeeper serves notice of intent to sue City of Dothan for Clean Water Act violations 
Update: Thu, Jun 30 2016 Attorney General and ADEM file Complaint, No. 38-CV-2016-900281.00 

Mon, Aug 24 2015 
Choctawhatchee Riverkeeper, Inc. serves notice of intent to sue City of Daleville, AL for 640 violations of Clean Water Act 
Update: Fri, Oct 16 2015 Attorney General and ADEM file Complaint, No. 26-CV-2015-900141.00 

Tue, Aug 5 2014 
Choctawhatchee Riverkeeper, Inc. serves notice of intent to sue Water Works and Sewer Board of the Town of Slocomb, AL for 576 violations of Clean Water Act 
Update: Mon, Sep 29 2014 Attorney General and ADEM file Complaint, No. 34-CV-2014-900091 

Patrolling

CRK patrols via land water and air to monitor conditions that impact water quality and water resources and to respond to citizen complaints. Patrol information is used to file complaints with responsible parties and agencies and to document permit violations for possible legal action. Aerial image shows mud in stream from construction and the other image destruction of wetlands for grazing operation. All aerial pictures are courtesy of Southwings.

Tue, Jan 28 2014 
Choctawhatchee Riverkeeper serves notice of intent to sue City of Elba, Alabama for over 2,000 Clean Water Act violations 
Update: Wed, Mar 12 2014 Attorney General and ADEM file Complaint, No. 19-CV-2014-900014 

Thu, Apr 18 2013
Choctawatchee Riverkeeper serves notice of intent to sue City of Dothan, AL for Clean Water Act permit violations
Update:   Tue, Jun 4 2013, City of Dothan adopts Stormwater Management Ordinance

Tue, Aug 5 2014 
Choctawhatchee Riverkeeper, Inc. serves notice of intent to sue Town of Samson, AL for 1,880 violations of Clean Water Act 
Update: Wed, Sep 24 2014 Attorney General and ADEM file Complaint, No. 34-CV-2014-900088 

Response to Citizen Complaints 

CRK responds to citizen complaints filed via phone, text message,       e-mail or Water Reporter Reports. CRK helps citizens to file complaints or files complaints or Clean Water Actions on their behalf when warranted.

Thu, Apr 17 2008
Environmentalists say they will sue [Dothan] over [780] wastewater violations
Update:   Tue, Jun 10 2008, Attorney General files suit, No. 38-CV-2008-900196

Sat, Apr 12 2008
Groups serve notice of intent to sue Water Works and Sewer Board of Town of Ariton over sewage discharges [358 violations]
Update:   Mon, Jun 9 2008, Attorney General files suit, No. 26-CV-2008-900063




Choctawhatchee Riverkeeper

Water Quality Monitoring 

CRK conducts several different monitoring efforts. Chemical monitoring is done at 50+ sites 6 times a year to assess water quality trends. Bacteriological monitoring is performed at around 20 sites several times or more each swimming season. From time to time stream bioassessments are performed on streams in the river basin. CRK also from time to time volunteers with agency efforts such as sturgeon work. The pic shows a 138-pound sturgeon with Choctawhatchee Riverkeeper Michael Mullen on the left and Ken Weathers a state fisheries biologist. The results from bacteriological monitoring can be accessed via the SWIM Guide and other data is available on the Alabama Water Watch website (see Resources Section)

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Programs


Choctawhatchee Riverkeeper Programs

Choctawhatchee Riverkeeper (CRK) uses a variety of programs in its efforts to protect and restore the Choctawhatchee River and its watershed. These including patrolling the river basin, response to citizen concerns and complaints, water quality monitoring, review and response to pollution reports including legal action, influencing agency policy and actions, improving recreational experiences as well as a variety of educational efforts.

File Review 

CRK reviews discharge monitoring reports (DMRs) and noncompliance reports (NCFs) to detect discharge permit holders with permit violations. When there are repeated violations over time CRK may decide to file a notice of intent to sue (NOIS) under the citizen suit provisions of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (commonly referred to as the Clean Water Act).


Influencing Policy and Agency Actions 

CRK has worked independently and with other organizations to influence agency policy. CRK efforts helped lead to reclassification of almost all main river and tributary segments under a swimming classification. CRK worked with other Waterkeepers to extend the recreational season. And, with help from other organizations CRK played a lead role in stopping a dam proposed for the Little Choctawhatchee River.


Recreational Enhancements 

CRK helped to create a Wiregrass Canoe and Kayak Facebook page and works with the Alabama Scenic River Trail to improve access, address safety concerns and promote recreational use of the river and its tributaries. 


Education Efforts 

CRK works with a host of organizations to do education on water quality, water monitoring, kayaking and kayaking safety for children, climate change and climate change mitigation and adaptation. Most of these organizations are mentioned on the resources page.