Departmental Reports


Title:

A BIOLOGICAL STUOY OF THE CONECUH-ESCAMBIA RIVERS
IN THE VICINITY OF BREWTON, ALABAMA



Author(s):

Webber, C. and D. Bayne



Date: 1983



Funding Agency: state of Alabama



Keywords: conecuh, escambia, river, water quality, limnology



Category: Domestic Funded Research Report



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Summary/Recommendations/Objectives:

The 1983 study is the thirteenth yearly survey of
biological

productivity in
the Conecuh-Escambia Rivers conducted by personnel of

the Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures of
Auburn

University. Prior
to these studies on the stretch of these two rivers

between Brewton, Alabama and Escambia Bay in Florida, the Institute of

Paper Chemistry of Appleton, Wisconsin had conducted 15
surveys.

The primary objective of these yearly studies is to
determine if

major changes in water quality due to paper mill
effluents can be

detected from
studies of the biota. Plankton, macroinvertebrates, and

fish populations are sampled at stations above and below
the discharge

from the
Container Corporation of America paper mill during periods of

low river flow.

The results of the 1983 study are summarized in this
report. The

Conecuh-Escambia
River system was again subjected to major flooding in

the cooler months of 1983. Water level fluctuations in the river during

the sampling period were higher than normal for the season.
Sample

stations were
located in the same general vicinity as those utilized in

most previous surveys. The locations of all stations
sampled are shown

in Figures 1 and 2 which ace maps of the Conecuh and
Escambia Rivers.

Table 1 provides a description of each station including
physical and

hydrological features of each location. The mileage index
was

calculated using the Brewton Lake outfall as mile 0.0.
Stations

upstream of the
outfall were assigned negative distances.

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