CPYRWMA News and Activities

  • Bennett L. Bearden, J.D., LL.M., J.S.D., founding Director of the Water Policy and Law Institute at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, completed his contractual obligations to the University and returned to the Geological Survey of Alabama as the Special Assistant and Chief of Staff to the State Geologist.  Dr. Bearden holds a J.S.D. degree from the McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific; Master of Laws, University of London; Juris Doctor degree, Birmingham School of Law; Master of Science degree (Geology), UA; Bachelor of Science degrees in Geology and Geography, U.A.  He is a distinguished member of the Technical Advisory Committee for the Board of Directors of the Choctawhatchee, Pea and Yellow Rivers Watershed Management Authority.
  • Alabama Rural Water Association announced the ARWA'S 40th Annual Technical Training Conference to be held March 18-21, 2018 at the Mobile Convention Center, Mobile, Alabama.  Registration and conference information may be found at www.alruralwater.com.


  • The maximum instantaneous flow on the Choctawhatchee River at Newton, AL occurred March 18, 1990 and was approximately 87,500 cubic feet per second, equivalent to a rate of 56,700 million gallons per day (MGD).
  • When you wash your car in the driveway, the soap and dirty water from your car eventually ends up in our streams and rivers causing pollution and harming aquatic life.  Wash your vehicles on the grass instead of the driveway or street.
  • An inch of rain falling on a square mile area is equivalent to more than 17 million gallons of water!