Anonymous stream dubbed Swingle Creek . . .

Fisheries station stream named for Swingle

It’s official! A previously unnamed stream that runs through the upper  fisheries research station in north Auburn is now designated by the U.S. Geological Survey as Swingle Creek. An official naming ceremony is being planned, but in the meantime one sign has been erected where Swingle Creek crosses Lee County Road 188 and another will soon be erected where the stream crosses County Road 72. The creek’s naming came about through an application made by the Saugahatchee Watershed Management Project,  also known as SWaMP, and the Auburn University Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures. According to Eric Reutebuch, a research associate in the FAA department and SWaMP co-coordinator, the unnamed stream came to their attention when SWaMP leaders were working with the Lee County Highway Department and Alabama Department of Environmental Management to erect signs on streams and creeks throughout the county.  When they realized that this stream not only was nameless, but also originated from Auburn University’s fisheries research station, he and FAA Department Head David Rouse petitioned the USGS’s Board on  Geographic Names to officially name it in honor of Homer S. Swingle, an  Auburn professor who is credited with founding Auburn’s internationally
revered fisheries and aquaculture program. The naming of the creek was officially approved by the Lee County Commission in March.

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