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History of the Watershed Management Authority


       In January, 1989, a group of interested citizens concerned with developing the natural resources of the Choctawhatchee River and the Pea River formed the Choctawhatchee-Pea River Improvement Association. In December, 1989, the organization filed a petition for the creation of a Conservancy District in accordance with the provisions of the Soil and Water Conservation Committee and the Watershed Conservancy Districts Law of Alabama and became the Choctawhatchee-Pea Rivers Conservancy District.
 
        In May of 1991, the Alabama State Legislature passed a law (Act No. 91-602) authorizing the establishment of watershed management authorities with the intent of protecting and managing the watersheds of the State of Alabama. In September, 1991, the Choctawhatchee-Pea Rivers Watershed Management Authority became the first watershed management authority created under this law in Alabama.
 
        On January 30, 1997, the Joint Board of Supervisors of the Soil and Water Conservation Districts approved the inclusion of the Alabama portion of the Yellow River watershed under the management of the agency. This action increased the total area of land in the Management Authority to approximately 2,328,000 acres and the agency became known as the Choctawhatchee, Pea and Yellow Rivers Watershed Management Authority.
 
 
 
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