S.O.S. members are active in the following areas:
- Monitoring Saugahatchee Creek and its tributaries for changes in water quality. Measurements include dissolved oxygen, temperature, pH, turbidity, alkalinity, and hardness as well as biological and bacteriological testing. Our monitors are AWW-certified and our results are accepted by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM).
- Promoting recreational uses of Saugahatchee Creek.
- Advancing environmental education through seminars and visits to schools, civic groups and other organizations.
- Reporting conditions that degrade the water quality in Saugahatchee Creek, such as pollution from industrial and sewage waste, siltation from erosion, and destruction of streambank habitat.
Water Quality Monitoring
SOS monitors water chemistry at several sites on Saugahatchee Creek and on tributary streams that flow into the Saugahatchee on a monthly basis. To view longterm graphs of monitoring results go to the Water Data section of the Alabama Water Watch webpage:
For a map of SOS sampling sites:
For Water Chemistry Results:
For Bacteria Results:
Bacteria Blitz Sampling
Starting in January 2007, SOS partnered with Friends of Chewacla Creek and Uphapee Watershed to conduct watershed-level stream bacteria monitoring in the Saugahatchee and Chewacla watersheds. Click the following link to see a summary of the four bacteria 'blitz' sampling events conducted from January 2007 through June 2008: