The Escambia County Department of Natural Resource Management is teaming up with local environmental nonprofit Emerald Coastkeeper to host a volunteer cleanup at the headwaters of Carpenter Creek on Saturday, Dec. 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers are asked to meet at 715 Olive Road. No registration is required, but carpooling is encouraged as parking is limited. Supplies, including gloves and trash bags, will be provided by Emerald Coastkeepers. Vice Chairman and District 3 Commissioner Lumon May, District 4 Commissioner Grover Robinson and other local elected officials are expected to attend the event.
Carpenter Creek is the main freshwater tributary of Bayou Texar. Its watershed is approximately 6,760 acres, or 10.5 square miles, and flows generally southeast under Olive Road, I-10, Burgess Road, I-110, Davis Highway, Airport Boulevard, Brent Lane, Ninth Avenue, to 12th Avenue before entering Bayou Texar. The area is part of a RESTORE funded economic and environmental watershed master plan project. In April, Escambia County purchased the 8.5 acre property located at 715 Olive Road, which is vital in the effort to restore the Carpenter Creek/Bayou Texar watershed.
For more information about this event, contact Jimmie Jarratt, Escambia County Environmental Analyst at email@example.com or 850-595-3535.