Demonstration Site for the Parkerson Mill Creek Watershed Management Plan
Charlene LeBleu is PI on a grant funded by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) for the establishment of a demonstration site that will evaluate the impact of the mitigation of stormwater along state roads through the use of easily maintained, strategically chosen vegetation and thoughtfully designed landscapes. The site, located on the Parkerson Mill Creek Watershed, will use U.S. EPA Section 319 watershed project grant funding to implement strategic and adaptive best management practices (BMP).
The overarching goal of the project is to achieve and maintain state water quality standards and beneficial uses as expeditiously and practically as possible. The practices implemented will include providing technical and financial assistance, education, technology transfer and tours for the public. Strategic BMP design, implementation and maintenance approaches will include watershed restoration aimed at meeting water quality standards directly, and/or iterative, technology-based measures applied on either a categorical or site-specific basis.
Charlene LeBleu is Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at Auburn’s School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture. Collaborators include Dr. Thorsten Knappenberger, Assistant Professor of Soil Physics from the College of Agriculture, and Dr. Eve Brantley, Professor and Extension Specialist (Water Resources) from Extension Services.