Choctawhatchee, Pea and Yellow River BasinsMission Statement: To protect, improve and maintain water quality/quantity in Alabama’s Choctawhatchee, Pea and Yellow River Basins by meeting the goals of the Clean Water Act through basin-wide public/private partnerships while maintaining the balance between protecting the environment and promoting the economy”
Watershed at a Glance
The Choctawhatchee, Pea and Yellow River watershed area encompasses approximately 3,635.9 square miles, draining all or parts of 10 counties of southeast Alabama. Major land uses in the basin include forestry, agriculture/pasture, and urban. The watershed includes three separate river basins - The Choctawhatchee (Upper and Lower), Pea and Yellow:
The Choctawhatchee River Basin
The Upper Choctawhatchee River Subbasin comprises approximately 1,543 square miles in the eastern portion of the watershed and is comprised of the Choctawhatchee River from its headwaters near Clayton in Barbour County southwestward to the confluence of the Pea River at Geneva in southern Geneva County. This subbasin drains six counties and it is the largest of the watershed.
The Lower Choctawhatchee River Subbasin comprises approximately 134 square miles in the extreme southeastern portion of the watershed and is comprised of tributaries to the Choctawhatchee River from the southeast boarder of Geneva County northwestward to Hartford and southwestward to Geneva. This subbasin is almost entirely in Geneva County with the exception of extreme southwest corner of Houston County.
The Pea River Basin
The Pea River Subbasin comprises approximately 1,445 square miles in the central portion of the watershed and is comprised of the Pea River from its headwaters in the area of the city of Midway in Bullock County southwestward to the confluence of the Pea River with the Choctawhatchee at Geneva in southern Geneva County. This subbasin is the longest, covering eight counties and it is the second largest of the watershed.
The Yellow River Basin
The Yellow River Subbasin comprises approximately 515 square miles. This subbasin lies in the southwest portion of the watershed and is comprised of the Yellow River from its headwaters in the southeast corner of Crenshaw County through most of Covington County to the Alabama Florida state line.