Over the last 40 years, the D’Olive Creek Watershed has seen a transition of land use from farming and forestry practices to residential and commercial developments. This change in land use has resulted in more impermeable surfaces (roofs and roads) resulting in increased volumes and velocities of stormwater entering the creeks contributing to the following:
loss of natural wetlands and riparian areas
inadequate natural flood plains
water quality impacts to the creek and Mobile Bay
threats to aquatic and wildlife species survival and habitat
Restoring D’Olive Creek WatershedOver the past 10 years, the City of Daphne has partnered with the Mobile Bay National Estuary and other federal, state and local groups to restore D’Olive Creek Watershed and it tributaries - Tiawasee and Joe’s Branch. The partners’ efforts have resulted in millions of dollars worth of restoration funding. Because of these efforts, D’Olive Creek Watershed is on the path to recovery.